Donate a toy and help brighten a child's day

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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 Christmas Wish List program. Your generous donation will help children, families, and caregivers have a joyous and fulfilling holiday season.

The deadline to donate is Dec. 23.

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 the unwrapped toy 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 link, pick out a toy, and have it shipped directly to the hospital.

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 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:

  • Any Used items
  • Skateboards
  • Scooters
  • Food
  • Latex items
  • Toys with violent themes (fakes swords, knives, and guns)
  • Dolls with cloth bodies
  • Wooden instruments
  • Large real instruments (electric guitars, amps)
  • CDs/VHS tapes
  • Religious Items

Child Life Wish List

Infants and Toddlers

  • Shape Sorters
  • Stacking cups/stacking rings
  • Pop-up toys
  • Musical/button toys (like vetch or fisher price)
  • Light up toys
  • Link rings
  • Little people figures and sets
  • Teething toys
  • Rattles
  • Vibrating toys
  • Toy phones
  • Baby pianos
  • Crib soothers (music boxes)
  • O-Balls


  • Hotwheels/Matchbox cars
  • Play-dough (name brand only please)
  • Balls
  • New release DVDs rated G or PG
  • Action figures
  • Doctor play kits
  • Animal figurines
  • Markers
  • Crayons (small packs preferred)
  • Glue, scissors, other basic craft items
  • Pretend play toys: Kitchen, tools, etc.
  • Doll house sized figures- any characters
  • Block/Chunky puzzles
  • Squishies

School Age

  • Lego Sets
  • I-Spy, Look and Find Books
  • Colored Pencils
  • Harmonicas
  • Action Figures
  • Barbies
  • Remote Control Cars/Helicopters
  • Board Games
  • Playstation 4 Games (Rated E or T)
  • Craft Kits
  • Bop-It and Simon Games
  • Uno Card Game
  • Playing Cards


  • New Release PG-13 DVDs
  • Paint by Number
  • Advanced Craft kits
  • Magnetic Dart Boards
  • Over the door basketball hoops
  • Earbud headphones
  • Playstation 4 Games (Rated Teen)
  • Nail polish/nail art
  • Complex lego or building sets
  • Plain t-shirts to decorate
  • Gift cards for Itunes, GameStop, Walmart, or Target

Sensory Items

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

  • Weighted Blankets
  • Vibration tubes or vibrating toys
  • Stress balls
  • Light up wands
  • Sound Machines
  • Textured (tactile) blocks or balls
  • Chew tubes
  • Tangles
  • Light spinners

Travel-size Toiletries

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrushes and hair ties
  • Nail care kits
  • Pajamas - Infant to adult size

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