The health and safety of our patients is our top priority. Please keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Due to infection control and safety issues, we do not allow donations to be made directly to patients/families
  • Donations must be unwrapped for safety reasons and so that our staff can give the appropriate gifts to our patients
  • All fabric items must be made from new materials and wrapped in plastic prior to delivery

The following are items that we cannot accept at any time:

  • Stuffed animals
  • Used toys
  • Anything with latex
  • Fleece baby hats
  • Baby blankets
  • Riding toys
  • Toy weapons
  • Religious items

Patient/Family Wish List

The following items are most often requested by our patients/families. Although a monetary donation is preferred, we do accept the following items:

Preferred Physical Donations

  • Halo® SleepSacks (These can be purchased through the UI Children's Hospital Safety Store at prices significantly below retail prices.)
  • Books (for all ages)
  • Gift cards
    • Popular stores
    • Restaurant chains
    • iTunes
    • Food and Nutrition Services at UI Hospitals and Clinics
    • Volunteer Services (gift shop, bookstore)
    • Java House gift cards (Java House is an Iowa City coffee shop with locations in UI Hospitals and Clinics)


  • Painting craft kits
  • Washable markers
  • Watercolor paint sets
  • Individual craft sets
  • Crayola Color Wonder sets


  • DVDs for teenagers
  • PlayStation 3 controllers and games
  • Pokemon card packs


  • New children's sweat pants for boys and girls (sizes 3-10)
  • Hawkeye apparel


  • Lego sets
  • Toddler interactive toys
  • Fisher Price Little People
  • Treasure chest prizes
  • Items with classic/popular characters (i.e. Disney, Dora, Frozen, Thomas the Train, Star Wars, Doc McStuffins, etc.)
  • Barbie dolls and clothes
  • American Girl dolls, particularly bald ones
  • Infant rattles
  • Oballs
  • Model cars


  • Gift bags and tissue paper for wrapping presents through the year (birthday, end of treatment, etc.)
  • Hawkeye gifts