At UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, we try our best to help our patients and families feel as welcome and comfortable as they would at home. We rely on donations of new toys, books, stuffed animals, craft materials, and other items throughout the year, not just at the holidays.
These donations are used in the hospital's numerous playrooms by our therapists as part of a patient's treatment plan. They are also used to comfort and entertain a child during the hospital experience. Donations also make it possible for patients to select a gift following the completion of a procedure or to celebrate a significant event such as a birthday, holiday, or the end of treatment.
How to Donate
Gift Drop-off Location and Hours
- Read our in-kind donation guidelines
- Look over our wish list
- Complete our online form to arrange a date and time for your donation drop-off
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Foundation's offices are located at:
2201 Broadway, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
The entrance to the building is on 22nd Street. A foundation staff member will meet you curbside at your designated drop off time. Please make sure that all items are in clear plastic bags so that they can be reviewed. Note: Items not meeting our guidelines
cannot be accepted.
Drop off hours are Mondays from 12:30 - 3:30 PM and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Extended drop-off hours are added during the winter holiday season.
Thank you for inquiring about our Wish List for patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Please remember that due to our infection control policies and for the safety of our patients, we are only able to accept new and unwrapped items in their original packaging.
Infants and Toddlers
Mobiles/musical crib attachments
Musical books, toys, balls
Pop up toys
Stacking and sorting toys
Textured wooden or plastic blocks
Vinyl/soft plastic floor mats
Vinyl bouncy chairs
Preschool & School Age
Building toys (Legos and Duplos)
Busy Ball Popper
Fisher-Price Medical Kits
Fisher-Price Little People figurines
Littlest Pet Shop figurines
Nerf/foam balls with wipeable, non-porous surface
Playskool Explore 'N Grow toys
Puzzles (24, 50, and 100 pieces)
Small boxed Lego sets (multiple for different ages: 3+, 8+, 12+)
Pre-Teens & Teens
Gift cards (Amazon, Barnes &
Noble, iTunes, Target, etc.)
Nail art sets/nail polish
Pillows and blankets
Sports equipment (soccer ball, Nerf ball, basketball hoop for room, etc.).
School Supplies & Books
Hardcover books on healthcare topics (English/Spanish)
Hardcover books that make noise (wipeable, no fabric parts)
Hardcover pop-up books (all ages)
Where's Waldo books
Batteries (all sizes)
iTunes gift cards
Acrylic paint (non-toxic)
Fine art drawing pencils
Speedball block printing inks
Speedball hard rubber rollers
Family Resource Center & Family House
Gift cards (gas, groceries, iTunes, Safeway, Target, etc.)
Paper cups, plates, and bowls
For questions about donating in-kind items, email
us or call 510-428-3814.
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