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At Children’s of Alabama bubbles are not just bubbles—they are a fun way to promote breathing exercises for our patients with respiratory issues. Wii games are not just for fun, they encourage a patient who is recovering from surgery to get up and move around. Play Doh is more than clay—it’s a tool for development of fine motor skills.

Each year Children’s of Alabama has more than 14,000 inpatient visits by children from across Alabama. The average length of a patient’s stay is five days. While patients are at Children’s, our dedicated staff works to help them cope with the stress of uncertainty of their hospitalization by providing support and distraction, promoting family-centered care and encouraging a sense of fun in spite of challenging circumstances—often through play like arts and crafts and video games.

The majority of the materials and toys that our staff use for these activities have been donated by the community. If you are interested in supporting the patients and families at Children’s of Alabama through a donation of toys and other items, please review the following guidelines.

To help ensure the safety of our patients, all donations are inspected prior to distribution to our patients. Please keep the following in mind when preparing your donation:

  • All donated items (including stuffed animals) must be:
    • new, in its original packaging and unwrapped
    • politically and religiously neutral
    • Non-violent themed
  • Due to various dietary restrictions we cannot accept candy, gum or food
  • We cannot accept items that depict violence, including guns and swords
  • We cannot accept yoyo’s, jump ropes, paddle boards with string and ball attached or toys made of latex
  • Clothing items are needed in all sizes infant through adult
  • Infant/Toddler items and Teen items are always the most urgently needed
  • Because our patients are acutely ill, it is not possible to deliver gifts directly to the children
  • Items not meeting our guidelines will be donated to various local charities.

All donations should be dropped off Monday through Friday from 6:00am–9:30pm and on holidays and weekends from 8:00am–9:30pm in the Children’s of Alabama lobby at 1600 7th Ave. South in Birmingham.

If you would prefer to mail your donation, please send it to:
Children’s of Alabama
c/o Child Life
1600 7th Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35233

For a printable Wish List, click here.

Arts & Crafts Supplies
Room décor (removable window stickers, gel clings)
Colored pencils
Scrapbooking materials
Coloring books
Paint brushes
Acrylic paint
Individual craft kits
Play Doh and tools
Jewelry Kits
Dot Markers
Dry erase crayons

Items for all ages
Stress/squeeze balls
Light spinners
Legos and building blocks
Superheroes/action figures
Train sets
Medical play kits
Disney/Pixar/Nickelodeon character toys
Flash cards
Small/individual dry erase boards
Barbies/baby dolls
Sensory balls
Playing cards
Board games
Plastic animals/dinosaurs
Musical instruments
Tool sets
Kitchen sets
Crossword puzzles/activity books
*Infant / Toddler Items
Light up and musical toys
Teething rings
Plastic mobiles/mirrors for cribs
Bouncy seats/rockers
Little People sets
Jungle gym mats
Peg puzzles
Nesting toys
Bumbo seat with tray
Umbrella strollers
Duplo blocks
Shopping carts/cash registers

*Teen Items
Xbox 360 system/games
Xbox Kinect accessory
Wii system/games
Playstation 3 systems/games
PSP’s and games
Ninetindo DS systems/games
I pods shuffles/ I pod touch

Touch and feel (sensory books)
Board books
English and Spanish versions
Recordable books (to record parents voice)
I-Spy/Look and Find books
Superhero books
Beverly Cleary books
Dr. Seuss books
Dork Diaries Series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Biscuit the Dog, I Can Read series
Harry Potter series
Xbox Kinect games (E or T rated)
Wii games (E or T rated)
Sound machines
Handheld gaming systems (Nintendo DS, PSVITA) and games
Waterproof iPad cases
Personal DVD players
New release DVD’s
Gift Cards
Wal Mart
Hobby Lobby
Target gift cards
Best Buy gift cards
Toys R Us gift cards
Clothing and Toiletries
Non-skid socks
Disposable scrubs
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Sanitary Napkins
Body lotion
Bath soap
Baby wipes

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