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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 

Child Life therapist with young patient working with paintsIn-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
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 Be A Fundraiser or Donate pages.
Guide to Gift Giving
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 concerns.
  • 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

Gifts We Can Always Use

  • Board books for infants
  • Bubbles
  • Cake Mate Sprinkles
  • Crayola crayons, markers and colored pencils
  • Distraction items
  • Rattles (all plastic)
  • Gift cards ($5 and $10 increments to Target, Walmart, Best Buy)
  • Glad Press'n Seal
  • Holiday gift bags
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Kinetic Sand Laptop Tray
  • Newer release (including: Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks) DVDs (PG-13 DVDs are great for our teen patients)
  • Play-Doh
  • Reusable wall decals for all ages

Gifts We Have Plenty Of

  • Dolls
  • Hats
  • iTunes gift cards

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.
  • To access the Toys 'R' Us registry, go to the registry page and enter afch in both the first name and last name fields.
  • To access the Playopolis wishlist, go to the wishlist page and enter afchchildlife in the username field.
  • 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.

Our Favorite Items

Arts and Crafts

  • 6” x 8” canvas panels
  • 12” x 12” scrapbooking cardstock paper
  • Adhesive Back Jewels
  • BioColor BioPutty Solution – gallon
  • Bulk feather assortment
  • Colorations Liquid Watercolor
  • Colorations Simply Shiny Washable Paint
  • Cricut 12 x 12 cutting mats (any grip)
  • Cricut Tools Basic Set
  • DIY hot air balloon lanterns
  • Do-a-Dot Markers
  • Fleece Tied Kits (pillows or blankets)
  • Fun Loop assortment kits
  • Glue dots
  • Jewelry-making sets
  • Model Magic
  • Parachute Cord Bracelet - kit for 12
  • Premium Jeweltone Glitter Glue pens
  • Rainbow Craft Sand Assortment
  • Small craft kits
  • Stickers
  • Suncatcher headbands and cuff bracelets
  • Super Sun-tastic Sun Catcher Paint
  • Tacky Glue pens – set of 24
  • T-shirts (men's white crew neck)
  • Tulip tie-dye kits
  • Wavy Sand art bottles

Bedside Items

  • Blank journals and sketch books
  • Crib mirrors and crib toys (all plastic)
  • Floor playmats
  • Mobiles (all or mostly plastic)
  • Portable DVD players
  • Portable AM/FM radio with CD player
  • PS Vita memory cards
  • Small laminated cardboard books
  • Texture/sensory toys
  • Video games (Playstation 3, Xbox)
  • Xbox and Wii controllers

Distraction Items

  • Best Occasions ring bubble wand favors (set of 100)
  • Light Up DNA ball
  • Little Sound book – Bubble Guppies
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Mickey’s My First Learning Book lights and sounds
  • Mini Neon Smile Face stress ball
  • Molecule stress ball
  • Neon mesh squishy ball
  • Oball rainstick rattle
  • Octopus water stress ball
  • Slinky Pop Toob or Rapper Snapper
  • Spiral Glitter Wands Mini
  • The Wheels on the Bus musical song book
  • Touchable bubbles

Family Items

  • Gift cards (gas, hospital cafeteria, Target)
  • Good Night Little Engine recordable book
  • Guess How Much I Miss You recordable book
  • I Love You So Much recordable book
  • Small size toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush,toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body wash)

Playroom Items

  • Animals/dinosaurs
  • Board games
  • Building sets: Duplo/Lego
  • Doctor kits
  • Doll bottles
  • Emergency vehicles (ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, etc.)
  • Fisher-Price/Playskool toys
  • Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Activity Walker
  • Legos
  • Little People toys
  • Little Tikes Gas 'n Go Mower Toy
  • Light-up/musical toys (infants +)
  • Play food
  • Rattles (all plastic)
  • Sensory toys/items
  • Superheroes
  • Trains (non-wooden)

Positive Image Center Items

  • Glitter tattoo stencils
  • Glitter tattoo glue
  • Glitter sparkle powder
  • Hair accessories
  • Nail decals
  • Nail polish
  • Yarn (colors:  brown, black, yellow, red)