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(608) 264-KIDS


Meal Donation

If you're interested in donating a family meal, please contact:


(608) 264-KIDS

Family Meals Sponsorships (pdf)


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Child Life Wish List (pdf)

Thank you so much for your interest in donating to American Family Children's Hospital. We are very fortunate to have so many individuals and community groups who share their generosity with us throughout the year.
We know that it is not fun to be away from home or in the hospital at any time. The Child Life Department makes every effort to bring the comforts of home to our patients and families. We also care about our patients' safety.
Due to our infection and control policies, the public cannot personally deliver any items directly to our patients and families.
While our patients and families appreciate your item donations, many people find it easier to make a cash donation. By clicking on the "Give Now" button below, you can support our Child Life Department, to help promote positive experiences for children and families throughout hospitalization.
Give Now - American Family Children's Hospital; Madison, Wisconsin
The Child Life Department makes every effort to bring the comforts of home to our patients and families. We also care about our patients' safety. Due to our infection control policies, our requirements for all donations that we take in are:
  • New and store bought
  • Latex free
  • In the original packaging and unwrapped
Items not accepted:
  • Food or candy
  • Items of violent nature
  • Items of religious nature/affiliation
  • Items with "In Memory Of" tags
  • Used toy donations
  • Stuffed animals of any kind
  • Hand-written or homemade cards or letters (It means more to our patients and families to receive blank cards, so they can make them into their own.)

All donations can be brought to American Family Children's Hospital. Enter through the revolving doors and bring donations to the Guest Depot, the red information desk down the hallway on the left. Hours are 7am-5pm Monday through Friday. On evenings or weekends, please take donations to the Security Desk, located past the Guest Depot on the right.

We serve patients from newborns to teens. The ages that we need the most items for are infants and teens. For more ideas on specific items for our high-needs ages, please see our Target registry.

We Do Not Currently Need These Gifts

  • Blankets
  • Crayola® markers
  • Dolls and Barbies
  • Matchbox Cars
  • Play-Doh
  • Puzzles
  • Tractors
  • Trucks

Donations Used For

Due to our infection and control policies, the public cannot personally deliver any items directly to our patients and families.

Your donations will be used in the following ways:

  • Restocking inpatient playrooms, emergency department and clinic waiting areas
  • Holiday items
  • Used for 1-on-1 bedside play
  • BINGO prizes and programming needs
  • Birthday and special treatment celebrations

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
  • Infant/Toddler musical toys
  • LEGO® Sets (smaller individual sets)
  • Wedding-size tube bubbles (Wilton®)
  • Crayola® crayons
  • Crayola® colored Pencils
  • $5 and $10 gift cards to Target and Walmart
  • Kinetic Sand and Kinetic Sand Laptop Tray
  • Orbeez/water beads
  • Little People and animals
  • DVDs
    • Newer release DVDs: Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks
      (PG-13 DVDs are great for our teen patients)
    • Popular Kid Show DVDs
      (Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Mickey Mouse, Paw Patrol, Doc McStuffins, Peppa Pig)
  • MamaRoo® Infant Seat bouncy chairs and covers
  • Amazon gift cards
  • Summer Infant Soothe and Vibe Portable Soother

Favorite Items: Arts and Crafts

  • 6" x 8" and 12" x 12" canvas panels
  • 12" x 12” scrapbooking cardstock  paper
  • Adhesive-Backed Jewels
  • Adult/teen coloring books
  • Craftivity kits
  • Cricut® 12" x 12" cutting mats (any grip)
  • Cricut® Explore Blades
  • Cricut® Tools Basic Set
  • Do-a-Dot® Markers
  • Elmer's Purple Glue Sticks
  • Fabric Markers
  • Fleece Tied Kits (pillows or blankets)
  • Glue dots
  • Mini Hot Glue Sticks
  • Mini Hot Glue Guns
  • 2" Red Clown Noses – New
  • Sharpie® Markers:
    • Colored Sharpies
    • Metallic Sharpies
    • Fine-Tipped Sharpies
    • Sharpie Pens
  • Pony beads and other beads, string/cording
  • Pompoms
  • Paint brushes (all sizes)
  • Band-Aid® (plain colors, latex-free only please)
  • Play-Doh® tools/shapes/rollers
  • Model Magic®
  • Glitter Glue pens
  • Sand Art jars/bottles and paint sets
  • Tacky Glue® pens – Set of 24
  • Mix and Mold: Stepping Stone Kits
  • Orbeez/water beads
  • Kids' scissors
  • Googly eyes (all sizes)
  • Small school glue bottles
  • Window markers
  • Modpodge®

Favorite Items: Bedside

  • Crib mirrors and crib toys (all plastic)
  • Mobiles (all plastic only)
  • Portable DVD players
  • Playing cards
  • Sound machines
  • SigningTime!® DVDs
  • Baby crib links
  • Tether Rings and Teether toys
  • Kid/teen tumblers with straws
  • Wall decals
  • Texture/sensory toys/black and white toys
  • Puzzles (100+ pieces)
  • Teen items (slippers, socks, scarves, phone cases, baseball hats, etc.)
  • Badgers/Packers/Brewers-related items

Favorite Items: Distraction

  • Best Occasions ring bubble wand favors (set of 100)
  • Light-Up Distraction Wands
  • Light Up DNA ball
  • Molecule stress ball
  • Flarp®/noise putty
  • Bead drum
  • Colorful, all-plastic rain stick
  • Aurora master light projector
  • Neon mesh squishy ball
  • Oball rainstick rattle
  • Slinky Pop Toob or Rapper Snapper

Favorite Items: Family Areas and Use

  • Gift cards (Amazon, gas, University Hospital Cafeteria Convenience Card, Target)
  • Digital Camera
  • Toiletry Kits
    (toothbrush, toothpaste, travel-size deodorant, travel-size shampoo, travel-size conditioner, travel-size soap/body wash, travel-size lotion, floss, tissue pack)

Favorite Items: Playroom

  • Dinosaurs
  • Jungle and farm animals
  • Board Games
    • Don't Break the Ice
    • Monopoly
    • Monopoly Ultimate Banking Edition
    • Trouble
    • Battleship
    • Connect 4
  • Card Games
    • Monopoloy: Deal Game
    • Uno Game
    • Decks of regular playing cards
  • Doctor kits
  • Doll bottles
  • Fisher-Price/Playskool learning toys
  • Little Tikes/Fisher-Price push toys
  • Legos®
  • Little People®
  • Little People® animals
  • Light-up/musical toys (infants +)
  • Play food
  • Rattles (all plastic)
  • Sensory toys/items
  • Superheroes and action figures (girls, too)
  • Squigz
  • Trains (non-wooden)
  • O-ball toys
  • Infantino GoGaGa textured balls
  • Mag Formers/Magnatiles
  • Zoobs
  • Baby Dolls (all plastic)

Favorite Items: Positive Image Center

  • Glitter tattoo stencils
  • Glitter tattoo glue
  • Glitter sparkle powder
  • Satin pillowcases
  • Nail polish
  • Nail decals
  • Brow pencils
  • Combs
  • Wet brushes
  • Hats (winter, knitted, crocheted, baseball, etc.)
  • "Elsa" and "Ana" Frozen - Braided Yarn Wigs

Favorite Items: NICU

  • Zaky® Positioning Devices
  • Digital Camera
  • Phillips® "Frederick-T-Frog" Positioning Aid
  • NICU Milestone Cards
  • Dry-Erase Chalk
  • Infant holiday outfits /accessories: hats/bibs/socks (Halloween, Fall, Thanksgiving, Holidays, Valentine's Day, etc.)
  • EVA Foam Sheet Assortment (pack of 78)
  • Summer Infant Soothe and Vibe Portable Soother

Project Ideas

Is your community or school group looking to do a service project? Here are some great ideas to work on with your group and drop off at the hospital.

  • Toiletry Kits
    • Include the following items in a zip-top bag:
      • Adult toothbrush
      • Travel-Size Toothpaste
      • Travel-Size Deodorant
      • Travel-Size Shampoo
      • Travel-Size Conditioner
      • Travel-Size Soap/Body Wash
      • Travel-Size Lotion
  • Crayon Packets
    • Include the following in a zip-top bag:
      • 3-4 different colored crayons
  • Colored Pencil Packets
    • Include the following in a zip-top bag:
      • 3-4 different colors of colored pencils
  • Coloring Packets
    • Include the following in a zip-top bag:
      • 2-3 crayons
      • 2-3 coloring pages
  • Craft Kits
    • Include necessary items for individual crafts with a photo
    • Feel free to email us for ideas
  • Fleece Tie Blankets
    • Make fleece tie blankets in a variety of sizes for infants-teens