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

  • Iowa Hawkeye gifts
  • 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 to popular stores, restaurants, iTunes, or
  • UI Hospitals and Clinics Food and Nutrition Services gift cards
  • Volunteer Services (gift shop, bookstore) gift cards
  • Java House gift cards (Java House is an Iowa City coffee shop with locations in UI Hospitals and Clinics)


  • Individual craft sets for various ages and genders
  • Discovery Kids craft kits
  • Model cars for varying abilities
  • Washable markers
  • Crayola Color Wonder sets

Games and Toys for a Variety of Ages

  • Small Lego® sets
  • Toddler interactive toys
  • Fisher Price Little People®
  • 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
  • Board games and card games
  • 3-D puzzles
  • Baby dolls of all ethnicities
  • Action figures
  • Ponies and horses, dinosaurs
  • No-spill bubble tumblers


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


  • Toiletries such as gift sets for teen boys and girls, traveling toiletry sets, nail polish
  • Gift bags and tissue paper for wrapping presents through the year (birthday, end of treatment, etc.)