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Toy Drive

Dear Friends of The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Child Life Program,

We are very excited to begin to prepare for the holiday season. Here are some helpful reminders as you start to plan your holiday gift-giving for our pediatric patients!

Child Life will directly coordinate holiday gift inquiries and arrangements. Please email or call Taylor Brower at the number or email below to discuss your desire to donate and to learn more about our gift needs for our hospitalized children. On this page for your convenience is a suggested toy list. This list represents age-appropriate gift ideas. We also accept gift cards valued $5.00 – $25.00.

Please keep the following in mind:

  • All donations to our department must be pre-arranged and delivery pre-scheduled
  • All gifts must be NEW
  • Many donors are interested in gifts that can benefit hospitalized children throughout the year. If interested in a donation of this kind, please contact us directly
  • To protect our patients from infection we cannot accept stuffed animals or handmade items
  • A tax acknowledgement will be provided for in-kind gifts upon request

If you prefer to make your holiday donation through a tax-deductible gift, you may make a donation of any size and let us pick out the gifts we need most. You can accomplish this by sending a check made payable to The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation, earmarked for The Child Life Fund. You can also make this gift online. However you choose to make your gift, please know it will be deeply appreciated.

Please note: Sick children are always at risk for infections. To protect our patients, we are not able to accept homemade items or stuffed animals. Also, due to patient confidentiality and infection control, donors are not able to deliver gifts directly to children. All items must be new and in original packaging. Religious items and items of a violent nature are discouraged.

We are hoping to provide a happy and cheerful holiday season for our children and families this year and greatly appreciate your support!

Thank you,

Taylor Brower
Child Life Specialist

To donate by mail, please make checks payable to:

The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation, Inc.
121 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11201

Toy Drive Info

The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation

Donate Online with a convenient, secure online credit card payment.

Please contact our Child Life Specialist, Taylor Brower, at least two weeks prior to the day you wish to deliver your donation to schedule an appointment. You may email Taylor at

Developmental Toy & Game Suggestions

INFANT 0-12 months

  • Sound machines
  • Musical/light up interactive toys
  • Individually wrapped stuffed toys
  • Shape Sorters
  • Infant (non-breakable) mirrors
  • Stacking toys and blocks
  • Busy boxes/activity centers
  • Board books (color or black/white/red)

TODDLERS 12-36 months

  • Little people sets
  • Board books/pop up books   
  • Musical/light up interactive toys
  • Bubbles
  • Building blocks/Duplo   
  • Large cars/bus/fire engine/trucks
  • Dolls (multicultural and safe for under 3)
  • Play-Doh


  • Action figures, Barbie dolls (multicultural)
  • Hot wheels/cars
  • Basketballs, footballs, Nerf ball sets 
  • Building sets (Lego type blocks) 
  • Arts and crafts kits, Play-Doh, slime kit       
  • Books (picture, learning to read, chapter)
  • Board games (Connect 4, Uno, Monopoly)
  • Fidgets/manipulatives (poppers, squishies)


  • Portable gaming systems                      
  • Grooming/personal care items
  • Portable speakers
  • Legos and crafts kits (for teens or adults)
  • Headphones
  • Portable phone chargers
  • Teen/young adult books       
  • Gift cards


  • Chargers or power banks for different phones/devices
  • Small fidget/manipulative toys
  • Pajamas/lounge wear of all sizes
  • Hard bottom slippers


  • Amazon
  • Target
  • $10, $25, or $50 Visa gift cards
  • Food/drink gift cards (Starbucks, Uber Eats, Dunkin Donuts, Grubhub, etc.)      

You may also purchase items from our Amazon Wish List by CLICKING HERE

All items must be new and in original packaging for the safety of our patients/families. Donated toys should be of a non-violent nature (no weapons), and non-religious/denominational. All donated items must be made of non-toxic materials.


  • Previously used toys of any kind    
  • Toys requiring button batteries, as they are life threatening if swallowed      
  • Toys/dolls with detachable parts or small accessories (like button eyes or small shoes) that can be swallowed or that are filled with pellets or beans
  • Electrical or spark-producing toys or toys made with glass   
  • Toys with parts that can pinch fingers or toes
  • Fragile toys that can break into pieces or toys that have sharp, protruding edges