Give toys to sick kids

Help bring wonder to kids in hospital

A big part of what we do is giving kids in hospital the thing they crave most – the ability to just be a kid. Toys, books, art and craft, puzzles, games and other fun stuff help kids to just be kids. There is no end to the smiles you can donate.

We always need toys, colouring books, colouring pencils, small tubs of play dough and bubble pots to help with distraction during a child’s procedure or treatment. We also give our inpatients birthday presents on their special day, and a special gift for the children spending Christmas in hospital. We need to check all toys and games before we can give them to a child, so please do not wrap the gifts.

You can be assured that your gift will bring smiles to kids when they need it most.

Our priority is always to look after the kids, so we have to follow a few rules in order to accept donations into the hospital environment. Please read the guidelines below before making a gift-in-kind donation.

Donation Guidelines

We cannot accept pre-loved goods of any kind. Many patients have trouble fighting infections, so the hospital has this rule to reduce the chance of bugs entering the hospital.

Button battery toys cannot be accepted or used within Queensland Children’s Hospital or the broader Children’s Health District locations.

All toys must be free of sharp protrusions or points that might cause an injury. Toys for very young children and toddlers must also be free of buttons, pins or other small objects that could be swallowed or inserted in the nasal passage.

We are not able to give out food or toys with toxic substances for example, glowsticks.

We are unable to accept balloons, because the hospital is a latex-free environment.

We are not able to give out items that are political, controversial, religious or offensive, nor can we give out toy guns or weapons.

Please do not wrap your donations. We have to unwrap any wrapped donations before we can give the present to a child.

We are unable to accept knitted blankets, however knitted beanies, bears and toys are acceptable.

Our wish list and great gift ideas for the kids

Please keep in mind that many of these children will be confined to beds or wards, so toys they can play with straight away are better than toys that might have to stay in the box a bit longer, for example, outside toys, pool toys, skateboards, scooters, bikes, and pogo sticks.

Great presents for babies and toddlers include things that can be cleaned easily and do not have soft parts.

  • Rattles, Duplo, push/pull toys, noise-makers, light-up toys, interactive and/or musical toys, plastic baby mobiles, board books, and plastic books.

Teenagers are often overlooked and we always need more presents for this age group.

  • Big W, Kmart, Target and JB Hi-Fi vouchers, iTunes cards, caps, hair accessories, board games, stationery such as notepads, pens, pencils and bags.

Often families arrive at the hospital in crisis and do not have any personal items on them.

  • T-shirts, shorts, skirts, pyjamas, underwear, shoes (thongs) for all ages, including adult sizes.
  • Toiletries – travel size toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner, brush, comb, body wash etc.
  • Small containers of bubbles
  • Small containers of Play Doh 50g tubs
  • Colouring pencils and pens
  • Colouring and activity books
  • Stickers
  • Plastic tea and kitchen sets
  • Duplo
  • LEGO
  • Trains and train tracks
  • Themed toys (Peppa Pig, Ninja Turtles, Paw Patrol, Thomas the Tank etc.)
  • Trucks and cars
  • Activity or craft packs in sealed packaging
  • Toys that light up (but do not contain button batteries)
  • Board and card games that can be played in bed by young kids up to 18 years old
  • Cause and effect toys for under-2s that don’t contain button batteries (e.g. Fisher-Price toys with sounds and lights)
  • Brand new books (Where’s Wally, Princess Books, Cars, teenage reading etc.)
  • Vouchers for teenagers (Big W, Kmart, Target, movie vouchers etc.)
  • Sleeping masks for children
  • Teen/adult colouring in books
  • Velvet colouring in books
  • Baby toys for 0-12 mths
  • Barbies – single dolls
  • Brainteaser puzzles (wooden or metal sets)
  • LEGO for ages 7+

Where do I send my donation?

In person:

When you’re ready to make your very generous donation, please call us on 3068 4730 so we can arrange to meet you at the ‘general set down and taxi drop off zone’ at Queensland Children’s Hospital, 79 Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane. You can drop off between 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.

By post:

Volunteer Services
Children’s Hospital Foundation
PO Box 8009