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Donate Goods

Give back by donating goods to children and families at Children's Mercy when they need it most.

Our LOVE WILL Make a Difference

Give wisely: 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!

Amazon wish list

For in-kind items that are needed year-round, view our General Amazon Wish List

Current donation needs

Most trips to Children's Mercy are unplanned an unexpected. This means patients and families arrive without essentials like clothes, toiletries and other comforts of home. That's where generous supporters like you come in.

Contributions of much 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 below and sign up to drop off your donations. You can also download a printable version of our most-needed item list here.

  • Cotton underwear (all sizes)

  • Cotton athletic pants, sweatpants, and leggings (all sizes)

  • Store bought hats and gloves (not handmade)

  • Washable, non-toxic markers (8 to 10 pack)

  • Non-toxic Crayola crayons (8 to 24 pack)

  • Child and adult coloring books

  • Sports team apparel and accessories (Sporting KC, Royals, Chiefs, college)

  • Bluetooth speakers

  • Wireless and wired headphones

  • Teen board games and art kits

  • Cinema/lightbox/marquee signs

  • Felt letter board

  • LED decorative mini lights

  • Store bought fleece blankets (not handmade)

  • Non-toxic individual bubbles

  • Journals

  • Fidget poppers

  • New books (infant to school age)

  • Traditional playing cards 

  • Uno (all varieties)

  • Phase 10

  • Sudoku 

  • Word search

  • Crossword puzzles

Become a Children's Mercy Junior Champion

Whether starting a toy drive or selling lemonade on the corner, kids and families have been rallying together to help other kids since the hospital’s earliest days.

When your child donates to the hospital, they have the opportunity to participate in the Junior Champions charm program. This program recognizes their generosity and provides positive reinforcement for their act of kindness.

Your impact

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.

Have questions about donating goods to Children's Mercy?

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

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