Donating Toys and Gifts
As a non-profit hospital, we rely generously on the support of caring community members to help us provide the highest level of care to all kids who come through our doors. New toys, books, and craft items deliver compassion and joy to children in the hospital. We are always in need of these items. We have needs lists available for our most needed items. Please see our donation guidelines. Items must be new and delivered in original packaging - and should not be labeled with identifying donor contact information.
Would you like to drop off your donation?
Donations can be brought to the Volunteer Engagement office at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock and at the front desk at Arkansas Children's Northwest in Springdale.Schedule a Donation
Our wish lists contain a list of items for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, teens and even adults at the Little Rock and Springdale campuses. Please review our donation guidelines and remember, for the safety of our patients, we can only accept NEW items.
Craft Kits help make a child or caregiver's day by providing positive distraction. Craft Kits are used in a variety of areas throughout the hospital and clinics to make our patients and families feel welcome during their visit with us. Download more information about our Craft Kits, which can be assembled off-site and mailed or delivered to Volunteer Engagement on your campus. Once you are ready to deliver your Craft Kits, please schedule a time to deliver your donation.
We are always in need of donations for the comfort and convenience of our families, many of whom have unexpected stays.
A family pack is a Ziploc bag (7-8 inches or 1 quart) full of small toiletries and personal hygiene items. Individual toiletry items can also be used (not packaged together). Travel-size items are desired for convenience. Items include:
- Body wash
- Small sewing kits
- Small writing tablets and ink pens
- Individual ethnic hair care items are also a need - shampoo, hair and scalp conditioner, oil moisturizer, oil sheen spray and styling gel
Other items that provide comfort and convenience for families:
- Phone chargers (iPhones and Samsung)
- Individually wrapped snack items (chips, crackers, cookies, soup-on-the-go, fruit cups, granola bars, etc.)
- Individually wrapped breakfast items (honey buns, pastries, muffins, etc.)
- Single coffee packets, hot tea bags and hot chocolate
- Crossword puzzles and word searches
- Card games/adult board games
- Click here to complete our online donation form and schedule a time to bring your donation.
- After submitting the online form, you will receive an email with a confirmation number. Please bring this number with you when you deliver your donation to the hospital.
- Once your donation is delivered, you will receive an acknowledgment for tax purposes.
Help make a difference in the lives of patients and families at Arkansas Children’s!
Knitting or crocheting hats or making quilts, blankets, NICU isolette covers and small stuffed animals/pillows for children of all ages are some of the many ways you can help make patient visits brighter. Each year our talented circle of volunteer knitters, crocheters and stitchers create amazing handmade items for patients at Arkansas Children’s.
Please reference our Handmade Donations And Patterns Guide for handmade donation guidelines and suggested patterns and step-by-step tutorials.
Please check your finished products for needles, staples or pins and remove before delivering to the hospital.
Knitted and Crocheted Hats
- Our greatest need is for large hats for school-age kids, teens and young adults. We ask that hats be approximately the size of an average cantaloupe or larger.
Preemies are very sensitive to light and sound and too much can cause them to lose weight, sleep less, and have sensory overload. Thicker, layered isolette covers that have dark, solid colors on one side (that faces the baby) best reduce noise, light, and visual stimulation (what the baby sees) to help the baby grow and develop like she would if she was still in the womb. Giraffe isolettes are specially designed for babies needing the most intensive care and are typically home to ACH NICU’s smallest preemies. Click here for the Isolette Cover pattern.
Child Life Specialists use teaching dolls to help prepare a child for an upcoming procedure. The purpose of procedural teaching is to reduce anxiety and let the patient explore and ask questions about their upcoming procedure.
- Click here for a Teaching Doll pattern
- Plain, neutral color fabric
- Polyester filling
- No facial features or clothing
Pillows, Quilts, Blankets and other Handmade Items
Patients love receiving these items in any shape or size (quilts and blankets no larger than a twin size, please). Please use soft fabrics like cotton.
What about preemie hats?
- Preemie hats are used by our NICU babies at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. These little ones need special hats that are between 12 – 13” in circumference.
When do you accept hats?
- We accept hats from September through March.
How are hats delivered to Volunteer Engagement?
- Mail or schedule a donation delivery time to bring the hats to the ACH or ACNW location.
Is there anything else I need to know?
- We are unable to accept and distribute any items that have been around cigarette smoke.