How To Make A Gift - Toy Donations

Toy DonationsTime spent in the hospital, as a patient or a visitor, can be a stressful time for children. At Albany Medical Center, we want our youngest patients to feel as comfortable as possible. Certified Child Life Specialists use play to create a supportive environment, helping to alleviate some of this stress.
Help us make a child's day a little brighter by:

  • Donating new and unwrapped toys to the Children's Hospital. Please refer to the list below for suggestions. The items currently needed the most are marked with **.
  • Making Craft Kits to help children pass the time. Craft Kits are made up of directions and craft materials needed to complete the craft project. These are placed in a Ziploc bag to be given out easily to the children. Please call Child Life for more information at 262-3496.
  • Volunteering your time at the Children's Hospital.

Hospitalized children need toys and games because play is a child’s work. In a hospital, where children are separated from most of what is familiar, play and activities become valuable and safe outlets for feelings. Toys and games from our community friends will help keep the playrooms and waiting areas of The Children’s Hospital fun. They will also turn special occasions, such as birthdays and holidays, into happy celebrations. The Pediatric staff carefully selects appropriate personalized gifts for our children year-round. You and your group can help by following our guidelines.

Please remember:

  • We are only able to accept NEW toys
  • No food items are permitted
  • Due to allergies donations must be odor free
  • No books or other items with religious content
  • Toy guns and war games are not permitted
  • Gifts must NOT be wrapped
  • Please tag your gift with the donor's name and address so that we can thank you!

You can also help to brighten a child's day by providing the following:

We always need
  • Bubbles
  • Play-doh
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Matchbox cars
    Colored Pencils
    Window Crayons/Markers
  • Canvas
  • Coloring books
  • Lego kits
  • New release DVD movies (P, PG, PG13)
    Individual Craft Kits

Infant 0-12 months
  • Mobiles (all plastic)
  • Rattles 
  • Onesies Unisex (buttons down the front)
  • Light up toys
  • Light up Aquariums
  • Wooden puzzles
Toddlers 12-36 months
  • Board Books
  • Stacking/sorting toys
  • Wooden/Plastic Puzzles
  • Board books
  • Fisher Price Little People toys
  • Musical/Light up toys
    Larger Rattles

Preschool 3-5 years
  • Toy trains/cars/trucks
  • Doc McStuffins playsets
  • Medium sized balls
  • Little People Houses (small-medium)
  • Little People figurines
  • Dinosaurs, bugs, animal figurines
  • Mickey Mouse figurines
School age 6-12 years
  • Sand art kits
  • "Alex little hands" craft kits
  • Lego kits
  • Marvel/DC Action figures
  • Frozen play sets, dolls, & crafts
  • Matchbox cars
Adolescent 13+ years
  • Drawing kits
  • XBox 360 games
  • Advanced art supplies
  • Personal care kits
  • New release PG13 movies
  • Journals
  • Blank CD-R
  • Sketch books
  • Nail polish
Gift Cards (for our teens and families in need)
  • Walmart/Target
  • Panera
  • Dunkin Donuts ($5)
  • Gas cards (for families commuting to and from the hospital)

We are appreciative of donations of any size, but please contact us at before donating a large quantity of items, or to inquire about our gift registries.

To drop off toys contact:

The Albany Medical Center Foundation at 262-8377 or by email at We accept donations by appointment only at the Center Building at 628 Madison Avenue, Room Y208C.