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Gifts of toys, clothes and books help kids at Children's Mercy

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Donate Goods. Help Patients and Families.

When a family arrives at Children’s Mercy, they don’t always know when they’ll leave. Often, they may not even pack a bag. That’s where generous supporters like you come in.

Contributions of clothes, toiletries, toys, new books and other needed items can make a family’s hospital stay just a bit easier, relieving stress and allowing them to focus on what matters most — helping their child heal.

Learn about our most-needed items and how to drop off your donation of goods.

Donate Needed Goods

Community members like you can help provide comfort and care to children and their families by contributing items from our wish list.

Choose from our most-needed items below:

  • Traditional playing cards 
  • Uno
  • Phase 10
  • Skip Bo 
  • Travel-sized games (Pocket Solitaire, Simon Says, Bop-It, Catch Phrase, Yahtzee, Magic 8 Ball, Connect 4, 20 Questions)
  • Ear buds/headphones 
  • Rattles
  • Teething Rings
  • Infant Links
  • Stacking Toys
  • Toys that light up and make noise
  • Shape Sorters
  • Little People (figures, animals and playsets)
  • Board Books
  • Action Figures
    • Superheroes
    • Star Wars
    • Ninja Turtles
    • My Little Pony
    • Trolls
  • Micro LEGO sets (for teens)
  • Small original LEGO sets 
  • Plastic animals (dinosaurs, jungle, farm, etc.) 
  • Sharpies 
  • Adult coloring books
  • Crossword, word search, Sudoku and Mad Libs books 
  • Artist pencils, colored pencils and sketchbooks 
  • Journals/diaries 
  • Canvases and canvas panels 
  • Paintbrushes (watercolor, acrylic)
  • Model Magic 
  • Play-Doh (Play-Doh brand only; individual cans or 4-packs)
  • Character stickers (Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, Trolls, Princesses, etc.) 
  • Sports team apparel and accessories (Sporting KC, Royals, Chiefs, college)
  • Fun socks for teens 
  • Accessories for teens (wallets, watches, keychains, lanyards)

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Safe Donation Guidelines

To protect the health and safety of all those in our facilities — kids, parents and care providers — there are a few guidelines you should know about before dropping off your generous donations:

  • Distribution: Donations will be distributed by hospital staff and volunteers; donors may not give out their own items.
  • Safety: Help us keep our patients safe by only donating items that are non-toxic, non-violent and do not contain latex.
  • Condition: Donations must be brand new, in original packaging, with tags attached and odor-free.
  • Affiliation: Because Children’s Mercy is non-denominational, we ask all donors to respect the beliefs of our patients by not including religious gifts.
  • Toys: All stuffed animal donations must be new with tags attached and never have been stored or displayed for any length of time. We cannot accept Nerf guns, spray guns, water guns, pop ball guns, swords, bows and arrows or toy knives.
  • Clothing: Clothing donations must be new with tags still in place.
  • Reading Materials: Reading materials must be new and in good condition. We are unable to accept any textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries and used activity books.

Thank you for your help keeping our patients and families safe!

Your Impact

A Proud History of Generosity

Founding Sisters

Nearly 120 years ago, two compassionate sisters right here in Kansas City set out to provide the best medical care possible to all children in their community — regardless of the family’s ability to pay — and they knew they would need the community’s support to do it. The founding sisters wrote a list of needs on a chalkboard in front of the hospital. Neighbors rallied to help, and the hospital grew. Our generous community continues to provide for our patients and their families by donating goods needed during their time in our care.

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Kids Helping Kids


After a lengthy stay in the Burn Unit at Children’s Mercy when he was a small child, Eli wanted to give back to kids going through the same thing. He organized a sidewalk sale and used the money to buy loose-fitting clothes and new toys for kids being treated at the same Burn Unit he was treated in all those years ago.

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Have Questions About Donating Goods to Children's Mercy?

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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Organize a Drive!

Inspire your own community to come together to support the kids at Children’s Mercy. By collecting goods needed most by our patients, you can provide comfort, care and a little bit of fun during their stay.

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