Donate Items to Valley Children’s

No matter how big or small, every donated item is appreciated. Your gift can bring comfort to a patient or family in need. Before you donate items to Valley Children’s, please review the donation guidelines below and consider the items that are currently needed most. 

Our greatest needs:

  • Items for teenage patients
  • Infant/toddler toys and board books
  • Building sets (Duplo, Lego, K'nex)

Please understand that we are not able to accept:

  • Knitted or crocheted hats, scarves or blankets
  • Used items of any kind
  • Handmade cards
  • Items that include personal information or have printed personal stories attached
  • Wooden wagons


Please call the Child Life department at 559-353-5882 prior to bringing in a donated item. They can help you identify the areas of greatest need and provide additional donation guidelines.

Donation Guidelines

New, unwrapped toys, games, DVDs, video games, teen toiletries, art supplies, gift bags, blankets, hats and other items for children of all ages are accepted - provided they are in the original box with tags attached.  

In order to keep our patients safe, used or even gently used items cannot be accepted. This includes hand-tied fleece blankets, and knitted or crocheted hats and blankets. The health of our patients is our highest priority and special considerations need to be taken into account for children with compromised immune systems. Patients may be more sensitive or reactive when exposed to dust, animal dander, cleaning products, etc. Due to the sensitive nature of our patient population, all donations must come from a smoke-free environment. Thank you for helping us keep our children safe.

Sometimes, due to health and safety considerations, we are not able to accept donations. When this happens, we give donations either to the La Tienda Guild Thrift Shop (whose proceeds benefit Valley Children’s), or to organizations in our community who work to benefit the lives of children in the Central Valley.

Please note that we are unable to accept handmade cards for patients. We are also unable to accept donated items that have photos, written stories or other personal information attached to them.

Please understand that due to the health and safety of our patients, donations are permitted on a drop-off-only basis. Passing out donations to patient rooms will not be permitted.

If you are considering a fundraising event or soliciting items for the hospital toward a donation, please contact our Foundation at 559-353-7100. If you have a large donation, please contact us ahead of time, as well, so we can make the necessary space available. If you would like to donate items not on our list, please consider the Valley Children’s La Tienda Guild. There is a donation box available in the hospital parking lot.

For donation inquiries, please call the Child Life department at 559-353-5882.

We appreciate your generous support for our children. Thank you!