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In-Kind Donations

Contact Information

Child Life

(608) 890-7888


Meal Donation

If you're interested in donating a family meal, please contact:
Julie Auenson
(608) 890-8095 


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Child Life Wish List (pdf)

Child Life therapist with donated gifts.In-kind donations (also known as the Child Life Wish List) are welcome at American Family Children's Hospital all year long. We greatly appreciate your donations.

Even though the public cannot personally deliver items directly to patients, your donations will be used in the following ways:

  • Restocking our playrooms, Emergency Department and clinic waiting areas
  • Holidays items
  • Given to patients for bedside play
  • BINGO prizes
  • Birthday and end of treatment celebrations

Gifts can be dropped off at the Guest Depot, located near the front entrance of American Family Children's Hospital at 1675 Highland Ave., Monday through Friday between 7am-5:30pm. Donations can be dropped off at Security on Saturdays and Sundays.

If you are looking to make a financial donation, please refer to our Donate page.


Gift Criteria

Donated items must meet the following criteria:

  • All toys should be new. We cannot accept used toys. We do not accept stuffed animals of any kind (new or used) due to infection control guidelines.
  • In original packaging and not gift-wrapped
  • Store bought, and not stored in an attic, basement or garage
  • Latex-free
  • Non-violent
  • No candy or food. If you're interested in donating a family meal, please contact Julie Auenson at (608) 890-8095 or

Gift Registries

A list of suggested items to donate can be found on our Child Life Wish List below or by following the links to one of our gift registries.

  • To access the Amazon registry, go to the registry page and enter afch in both the first name and last name fields.

    Amazon Smile: Another way to give to Child Life and the American Family Children's Hospital is by using the Amazon Smile Program. Select University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority as the charity organization, and 0.5 percent of all Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile go to American Family Children's Hospital and the Child Life program to benefit patients and families directly.

  • To access the Target wishlist, go to the registry page, select the Find link corresponding to Baby Registry and enter afch as the first name and last name.

Note: Quantities are listed because the registries were created for gift ideas. Quantity listings are not meant to imply a limit.

Gifts We Can Always Use

  • Board books for infants
  • Wedding-size Bubbles
  • Crayola crayons, markers and colored pencils
  • Distraction items
  • Gift cards ($5 and $10 increments to Target, Walmart, Walgreens)
  • Glad Press'n Seal
  • Holiday and birthday gift bags and wrapping paper
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Kinetic Sand Laptop Tray
  • Newer release (including: Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks) DVDs (PG-13 DVDs are great for our teen patients)
  • Play-Doh
  • Popular kid show DVDs (Dora, Spongebob, Mickey Mouse, Paw Patrol, Doc McStuffins, and Peppa Pig)

Gifts We Currently Have Plenty Of

  • Dolls and Barbies
  • Hats
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Board games
  • Card games

Favorite Items: Arts and Crafts

  • 6” x 8” and 12”x12” canvas panels
  • 8 ½”x 11” scrapbooking cardstock  paper
  • Adhesive Back Jewels
  • Cricut 12 x 12 cutting mats (any grip)
  • Cricut Tools Basic Set
  • Do-a-Dot Markers
  • Fleece Tied Kits (pillows or blankets)
  • Glue dots
  • Metallic Sharpies
  • Colored Sharpies
  • Pony beads and other beads, string/cord
  • Pompoms
  • Paint brushes (all sizes)
  • Popsicle sticks (all sizes/colors)
  • Bandaids (plain colors, latex free)
  • Scratch art
  • Playdoh
  • Playdoh shapes/rollers
  • Model Magic
  • Parachute Cord Bracelet - kit for 12
  • Glitter Glue pens
  • Sand art jars/bottles and paint sets
  • Tacky Glue pens – set of 24
  • T-shirts (men's white crew neck, kid’s white crew neck-all sizes)
  • Tulip tie-dye kits
  • Sargent Art Acrylic Paints-set of 8
  • Masking tape
  • Paint your own ceramic plates/flower pots
  • Stepping stone kits
  • DIY clear round Christmas ornaments
  • 4” Paper Mache heart boxes
  • Orbeez/water beads
  • Kid’s scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googley eyes (all sizes)
  • Small school glue bottles
  • Modpodge

Favorite Items: Bedside

  • Blank journals
  • Crib mirrors and crib toys (all plastic)
  • Gymnastics playmats
  • Mobiles (all plastic)
  • Portable DVD players
  • Portable AM/FM radio/CD players
  • CDs-top 40/pop music, lullabies, nature sounds, Disney, Kidsbop
  • Sound machines
  • Signing time DVDs
  • Baby crib links
  • Teether rings and toys
  • Texture/sensory toys/black and white toys
  • Video games (Xbox)
  • Xbox wireless controllers
  • Adult/teen coloring books and fine tip markers/gel pens
  • Weighted gel lap pad in 3, 5, or 7 lbs

Favorite Items: Distraction

  • Best Occasions ring bubble wand favors (set of 100)
  • Light Up DNA ball
  • Mini Neon Smile Face stress ball
  • Molecule stress ball
  • Flarp/noise putty
  • Bead drum
  • Tangle toys
  • Colorful, all plastic rainstick
  • Aurora master light projector
  • Neon mesh squishy ball
  • Oball rainstick rattle
  • Slinky Pop Toob or Rapper Snapper
  • Spiral Glitter Wands Mini

Favorite Items: Family

  • Adult toothbrushes
  • Deodorant (travel size)
  • Gift cards (gas, hospital cafeteria, Target)
  • Good Night Little Engine recordable book
  • I Love You So Much recordable book
  • Shampoo and conditioner (travel size)
  • Soap/body wash (travel size)
  • Toothpaste (travel size)

Favorite Items: Playroom

  • Dinosaurs
  • Jungle and farm arm animals
  • Board Game: Don’t Break the Ice
  • Doctor kits
  • Doll bottles
  • Emergency vehicles (ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, etc.)
  • Fisher-Price/Playskool learning toys
  • Little Tikes/Fisher Price push toys
  • Legos
  • Little People animals
  • Light-up/musical toys (infants +)
  • Play food
  • Rattles (all plastic)
  • Sensory toys/items
  • Superheroes
  • Trains (non-wooden)
  • Tractors, diggers, and other vehicles
  • O-ball toys
  • Infantino GoGaGa textured balls
  • MagFormers
  • Zoobs
  • All-plastic Baby Dolls
  • Playdoh and shapes/cutters

Favorite Items: Positive Image Center

  • Glitter tattoo stencils
  • Glitter tattoo glue
  • Glitter sparkle powder
  • Nail polish
  • Satin pillowcases