Giving Toys and Gifts during COVID-19
In response to the global outbreak of COVID-19, some changes have been made to our donation process. If you are interested in donating toys and activities to children and families at Blank Children's, please check out our Amazon Registry for items that would be most helpful during this time.
In efforts to protect patients, families and staff, we are not currently accepting any face-to-face donations dropped off to the hospital.
If you have questions or need assistance navigating the Amazon registry, please call 515-241-6152 or e-mail DM_childlifewishlist@unitypoint.org.
Giving Toys and Gifts
Beyond donations, Blank Children's Hospital has a huge need for material items - like new toys, games, crafts, crayons, bubbles, videos, books, cards or other items. Whether it's a company doing a toy drive or a child donating his/her birthday presents to Blank Children's Hospital, we welcome in-kind donations throughout the year.
To find out our current needs, call 515-241-6152 or send an email to DM_childlifewishlist@unitypoint.org.
Please remember the following guidelines when planning to donate toys and gifts.
- We can only accept new toys. Used toys can be donated to the The Not New Shop, which benefits Iowa Lutheran Hospital.
- We do not accept stuffed animals of any kind (new or used) due to infection control concerns.
- Gifts must be latex free (including duct tape)
- Gifts must be non-violent
- We cannot take candy or food
- We welcome donations of new books for children of all ages (newborns to 18 years)
For a more complete guide, view our Frequently Asked Questions about Giving.
Our Wish Lists
We have compiled a few lists that outline the items needed for Child Life, Pediatric Therapy and the NICU – all very important programs at Blank Children's. These Wish Lists are meant to help provide some guidance if you'd like to know what we need most as well as items we currently have enough of.
Delivering Your Donation
Donations can be dropped off at the Blank Children's Hospital Administration office, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We request that a Donor Form be completed with each delivery. This can be done in advance through our online form or by downloading and completing a hard copy form to accompany your donation. This form may also be completed at the time of your donation/delivery.
Please know that due to patient confidentiality and infection control, donors are unable to deliver the items directly to patients.
Mailing Your Donation
Donations can always be mailed to Blank Children's Hospital at the address below. Be sure to include your Donor Form!
Blank Children's Hospital
Attn: Child Life
1200 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309