Donate a toy and help a child this holiday season

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How you can help

Golisano Children’s Hospital is committed to making a difference and providing the best possible care for children. And the community can help as the holiday season approaches.

The hospital is currently taking toy donations for its annual Child Life Wish List program. Your generous donation will help children, families, and caregivers have a joyous and fulfilling holiday season.

The deadline to donate to our holiday drive is Dec. 18, 2017.

How to Donate

Just go to the Child Life Wish List below so you can pick something that supports the various needs of patients of all ages, including teenagers, said Michele King, director Child Advocacy Program.

Or you can choose your own toy that means something to you or will bring meaning to a child’s life.

To donate, simply bring a toy without gift wrapping to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, 9981 S. Healthpark Dr., Fort Myers. Come to the front desk, and the staff will take care of the rest.

Or follow the Amazon or Starlight link, pick out a toy, and have it shipped directly to the hospital.

Starlight Foundation Amazon Wish List

You can help show children that they do not have to face their burden by themselves. Thank you for supporting our patients!

How We Use Your Donations

Many of the toys listed will be used to support our annual Snow Pile Event where parents and caregivers can select toys and gifts for free for their hospitalized children and siblings. The toys are also used year-round in activity rooms and for birthdays to keep patients happy, engaged, and feeling good about their treatment.

Donation Guidelines

Please note that there are certain items highlighted on the Wish List that cannot be accepted including:

  • Toy weapons
  • Religious-themed items
  • Any used toys
  • Movies and games rated R or M.

Child Life Wish List

Infants and Toddlers

  • Rattles
  • Music and light toys (like vtech or fisher price)
  • Sound machines
  • Activity mats
  • Bouncy/vibrating seats
  • Crib mobiles or soothers
  • Stacking cups/rings
  • “Little People” figures and sets
  • Preemie sized clothing
  • O-balls
  • Push/Walker toys

Pre-school and School Age

  • Superhero action figures
  • Anything with these characters;
    • *Paw Patrol
    • *Disney Princess
    • Marvel Superheroes
  • Playdough (name brand only please)
  • Lego sets
  • UNO Card game
  • Chunky/Knob Puzzles
  • Melissa and Doug musical instruments
  • Craft Kits
  • Pretend Play-kitchen, tools, dress-up,


  • Headphones
  • Gift Cards
  • Playstation 4 Games (Rated teen or below)
  • Pajama pants (all sizes)
  • Nail polish/nail art
  • Remote/radio control helicopters or drones
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Complex lego sets
  • Sports team jerseys
  • Makeup
  • Jewelry/watches
  • Bath and body works items
  • New Release Books or popular series (i.e. Maze Runner, Miss Peregrine, The Mortal
  • Instruments, Michael Vey, Red Queen, Selection Series, Throne of Glass)
  • Footballs, basketballs, volleyballs

Special Populations

Don't forget the needs of children with sensory processing disorders, developmental delay, and autism! Many items for this population can be purchased at

  • Sensory toys
  • Plush vibrating pillow
  • Chewy tubs
  • Light chasers/light spinners
  • Weighted blankets
  • Weighted toys
  • Bubbles
  • Shaving cream

Travel-size Toiletries

  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Soap/Body Wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Brush/comb

More information

For more information on guidelines, suggestions, donations, and how else you can support the Golisano Children’s Hospital, please call Child Advocacy at 239-343-5890 or send us an email.