Child Life Wish List

Thank you for generously supporting our Child Life Program. Many of the items listed here will be given directly to children as a holiday gift, for their birthday when celebrated while hospitalized, or to highlight a patient's special achievement. Items listed with a star "*" indicate our supplies are extremely low.

To help make the drop-off of donations as simple as possible, you are welcome to utilize our Memorial Hospital Valet Service. Either allow them to park your car (free of charge) while you make your delivery, or simply use the valet as a "drive thru" and they will accept your gift on our behalf and notify us to come pick it up. Your gifts will be safely stored in our hospital security office prior to their final destination in pediatrics.

We sincerely appreciate your care and concern for the infants, children and teens who are hospitalized here at Memorial Children's Hospital. Please include your name, address and phone number with your delivery so that we can appropriately thank you and record your donation.

Please contact Tracy Byler, Child Life Specialist/Coordinator, at 574-647-6332 or, if you have any questions, or want to arrange the date, time and place for your delivery.

Toy needs for all ages

Special note: We are currently accepting the small bilingual books that come free in boxes of Cheerios™; these are wonderful for our patients as they encourage reading and learning in both English and Spanish.

Many of these items will be added to our current playroom toys. They will be used by hospitalized children, sanitized, and then used again:

  • Infant development
    • Teething rings
    • Rattles
    • Baby mirrors
  • Infant/Toddler toys such as:
    • Play piano
    • Pop-up Pals™
    • Play phones
    • Lights and sound toys
    • Books with cardboard pages
    • Little People toys
    • Duplo blocks
    • 3-12 piece wood puzzles
  • Popular characters and action figures. Some favorites are:
    • Elmo™/Sesame Street
    • Super Hero Characters
    • Sophia The First
    • Doc McStuffins
    • Jake & The Neverland Pirates
    • Dinosaurs
  • Trains and Cars
    • Thomas the Train™
    • Thomas™ brand trains for our wooden track
    • Match Box™ Cars/Hot Wheels
    • Little People Transportation
  • Barbie™
    • All nationalities
    • Males and females of all ages
    • Barbie™ clothes and accessories
  • Miscellaneous toys such as:
    • Magnadoodle™
    • Lego’s Duplo™ Blocks
    • Doctor/medical kits
    • Baby doll clothing
  • Interactive games
    • X-Box 360™, Playstation™ 2 or 3, Wii™, Game Cube™ games – NO “T”, “M” or “A” ratings. – sports themes are especially popular
  • Card and Board Games
    • Word search and Sudoku puzzle books
    • Puzzles 3 – 15 wooden piece or 24-100 piece
    • Decks of cards
    • UNO™, Skipbo™, Phase 10™
    • Games for all ages
  • Popular Media/entertainment (No R rated DVDs or adult themed CDs please). Some patient favorites are:
    • Dora™
    • Elmo™
    • Scooby Doo™
    • Disney™
    • New releases and classics:
      • Doc McStuffins; Ice Age; Wreck it Ralph; Kung Fu Panda; Shrek; Megamind; Open Season, Thomas and Friends; Veggie Tales; Mickey Mouse Club; The Incredibles; Frozen; Toy Story; Madagascar; Monsters Inc;  Monsters University; Cars; Planes; Despicable Me; The Wizard of Oz; Sponge Bob Squarepants; Cinderella; Sophia the First; How to Eat Fried Worms; Transformers; Bolt; Brae; Hop; The Game Plan; Hotel Transylvania; Nutty Professor; Sweet Home Alabama; Twister; Christmas Classics, ie, Rudolph; Santa Claus is Coming to Town; Elf; Frosty

Craft Needs

Craft supplies are used by patients during their hospitalization. Some are not possible to clean, sanitize or refill so our supply is depleted more quickly than with reusable products.

  • General Supplies:
    • Paint (acrylic, tempera, watercolor)
    • Paint brushes
    • Colored pencils, markers, crayons
    • Coloring books
    • Construction paper
    • Velvet fuzzy coloring posters
    • Small containers of play-doh™
    • All-in-one craft kits
    • No-spill bubbles
    • Beads
    • Rubberbands for bracelets

Program Needs

Many of these are used generally by the Child Life Unit either outside the playroom or to prepare for activities.

  • Digital Camera and memory card (contact Child Life if more information is needed)
  • Aromatherapy oils – citrus, spearmint, eucalyptus, floral, lavender, etc
  • Journals
  • Scrapbooks/supplies
  • Plaster of paris
  • Blankets for infants, youths and teens
  • Nail polish and remover

Bingo Prizes – Twice weekly kids on pediatrics, PICU and Hem/Onc Clinic can play Bingo and win prizes

  • Ideas include
    • Matchbox™/Hotwheels™ cars, trucks
    • Decks of cards/card games
    • Small books
    • Small stuffed toys – must be brand new
    • Sticker books
    • Super hero items
    • Nail polish
    • Lip balm/lip gloss
    • Hair accessories
    • Key chains
    • Coin purses
    • Fun toys

Due to our infection control standards, all stuffed animals or toys made of fabric need to be brand new.