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.  

To facilitate in-kind donation to our patients, we encourage you to order from area wishlists below and to have your donation directly shipped from the vendor to Duke Children’s Hospital. They can accept new items from Amazon, Target, Walmart, etc. Handmade items or items from individual homes are not accepted. 

Child Life

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

Their 2023 holiday wishlist is available at this link

You can also shop for toys at your favorite online store and ship them to: 

Child Life Department - Attn Henry and Michelle 
2301 Erwin Rd   
CHC - Room 1903
Durham, NC 27710 

Or, let the Child Life team do the shopping for you! Send a check made out to Duke Children's Child Life Program to: 

Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs
Attn: Troy Arrington
300 West Morgan Street, Suite 1000
Durham, NC 27701

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.

Special Infant Care

Support our tiniest and most fragile patients as they progress along their recovery journey by visiting their Amazon Wishlist

Intensive Care Nursery (NICU) 

Our NICU serves the needs of premature babies and newborns requiring intensive medical care. In such a sterile and emotionally demanding environment, toys play a vital role in promoting development, comfort, and healing. Soft and soothing toys provide a sense of security and aid in soothing these tiny patients, while interactive toys help stimulate their senses and support cognitive growth. Additionally, toys can be valuable tools for medical staff to observe and assess the infants' responses to various stimuli. A toy donation creates a positive impact on these babies and their families healing journey. See the Wishlist

Learning and Spoken Language

"The reason we are building these lists is because we have a number of families with very limited resources. We have had get really creative in order to work with what families have when their financial situation requires that they focus on food and shelter. These kits would provide more flexibility for therapy tasks, opportunities for practice at home, and help build and strengthen parent-child relationships as they engage in teaching their children with hearing loss to learn to listen and talk. "  See the Wishlist