Toy and Gift Safety Guidelines

Toy and Gift Safety Guidelines

 In order to maintain a safe environment for our patients and families, all donations must follow these guidelines:

  • All donations must be brand new, odor-free, in original packaging and purchased within the last 3-6 months.
    • Stuffed animals and plush toys are only accepted when mailed directly from the manufacturer to Cincinnati Children’s.
  • We cannot accept the following:
    • Popular collector items that have been gathered and stored over a significant period of time
    • Handmade items, including greeting cards and Valentine’s / holiday cards
    • Items containing latex, including stickers. Please be aware that other common items containing latex may include rubber toys, art supplies, dollar store items, etc.
      • Note: All Oriental Trading Company items are latex free
    • *Donations that include personal stories, messages, logos, stickers, etc.
    • Violent themed items (i.e. items containing guns, swords, blood, violence, etc.) including Nerf guns
    • Remote-controlled or radio-controlled toys
    • Gift wrapped items
    • Religious themed items or messages
    • Medical supplies or equipment
    • Food, candy, beverages, etc.
    • Ride-on toys including scooters, bicycles and wagons
    • Ceramic or glass craft supplies

*We understand how special your personal story is and that you may want to share it with others. To protect your privacy and that of our patients, we ask that you respect the sensitive nature of any hospitalization and refrain from including any messages, logos, stickers or stories with your donation. However, if you would like to share your story, you are welcome to provide one card or short note that we can share with our staff.

Frequently Asked Questions for Gift Donations

Items are needed for children from infancy through age 18. Please see our Wish List for additional information and / or reach out to our Donor Officer for specific department needs.

Due to privacy regulations and health concerns of our patients, a staff member will need to accept your donation on behalf of the medical center. We will ensure it is properly delivered. 
Yes. View our Amazon Wish List here. When you purchase via Amazon, your order will be delivered to Cincinnati Children’s free of charge. Please fill out our donation form. 
Yes. If there is a specific area of the medical center you would like to support, let us know so that we can make the proper arrangements for your gift.
When you are ready to make your gift, please fill out our donation form, including the estimated or actual value of the donation, and bring it with your donation. We request that you complete the form so we can properly thank you and provide you with a receipt for tax purposes. It is also very helpful to have for our own records.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with the Cincinnati Children’s logo. Event materials should state that “Proceeds benefit Cincinnati Children’s.”

In order to drop off your items, you must schedule a delivery time with our Gift-in-Kind Donor Relations Officer. Please reach out to or 513-517-4438 (GIFT) for more information.