Toys, Books, and Items

In-Kind Gifts

Thank you for considering Duke Children’s for your in-kind donation of toys, books, or other items. Many of our units have individual wishlists, which you can access below.  

Holiday Wish List

Pediatric patients in the hospital around the holidays receive a small gift bag of items to honor holiday traditions celebrated at home.

Ways to Donate:

2022 Holiday wish list:

Infant & Toddler:

  • Light Up/Musical Toys
  • Rattles/Teethers
  • “Sassy”, “Infantino” or “Tiny Love” brand toys
  • Crib mobiles & mirrors
  • Stack and sort blocks and stack rings
  • Board books & nursery rhyme books
  • Infant blankets, swaddles, and clothing (hats, booties, onesies)
  • Soft balls (Gertie, Nerf)
  • Wooden puzzles

Preschool & School Age:

  • Legos (including Duplos & Bionicles
  • Figurines/action figures of popular characters
  • Popular board games
  • Baby dolls and Barbies
  • Plastic dinosaurs and animal figurines
  • Fisher Price 'Little People' Toys
  • Fisher Price Doctor Kits
  • Match box cars, trains, etc.
  • Small “Nerf” style balls
  • Leap Frog and V-Tech Toys
  • Play Doh brand only
  • Coloring/activity sets with paper, decorations, markers, and colored pencils
  • Card games
  • Popular NEW G and PG movies


  • Portable DVD players
  • Other small electronics and accessories (MP3 players, portable speakers, headphones, portable chargers, etc.)
  • Popular new PG-13 movies (English and Spanish)
  • NEW Bestselling Teen Books
  • NEW video games (Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Wii)
  • Gel pens, colored pencils, markers, etc.
  • Word finds and puzzle/Sudoku books
  • Journals and scrapbooking kits
  • Sports clothing, T-shirts, hats, bath robes, etc. ALL sizes
  • Teen-sized blankets, fun pillows, socks
  • Makeup, chapstick, nail polish, etc.
  • Playing cards and board games (UNO, Skip Bo, Apples to Apples, Cranium, Sorry, etc.)

All items must be new, unwrapped, and shipped directly from a vendor. Please arrange for donations to arrive before December 16.

Contact if you need additional information or have questions.

Child Life

The Duke Children’s Child Life pediatric care team would be happy to receive your donation items. 

In a continued effort to protect our patients, families, and staff during COVID, Child Life is restricted to donations that are ordered online and directly shipped from the vendor to Duke Children’s Hospital. They can accept new items from Amazon, Target, Walmart, etc. They are currently unable to accept any handmade items or items from individual homes; in addition, they cannot accept donations in person. Please ship all new donations to the address below: 

Child Life Department
Room 5246 Duke North  
2301 Erwin Rd   
Durham, NC 27710 

You can also purchase items from Child Life's Walmart Registry for Good Wishlist -- an easy way to support the needs of Child Life Specialists who are always looking for new materials for activities and play at the hospital. It couldn't be easier: visit the registry, pick and purchase your items, and have your donation shipped directly to the hospital! 

Please contact Child Life at for additional information and questions. 


PTCT Family Support Program

The Duke Children's Pediatric Transplant and Cellular Therapy Family Support Program regularly needs materials to support patients and caregivers on the unit. Please visit their Amazon Wishlist for a regularly-updated list of needed items. 

Duke Hospital School

Support the Durham Public School teachers who ensure our inpatient population remain involved in academic learning by visiting their Amazon Wishlist today!