Donation Guidelines & Wish List

Thank you so much for your interest in giving to the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital! Donations for patients and general play programming are managed through the Child Life Department. We appreciate your interest and generosity. Because thousands of children visit our facility each year, we have an ongoing need for new toys, crafts, books, and other items for play! 

Please refer to our donation guidelines and wish list for our greatest needs at this time.

For questions: email Suzanne Mishler or call 843-985-1613

Donation Guidelines

Here are a few guidelines that we ask you to follow when donating to MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital:

  • We ask that all toys, books, and materials be new and in their original packaging. Please do not wrap donations.
  • We accept donations during designated drop-off times (see Delivering your Donations).
  • Items should be respectful of all religions, cultures and belief systems.
  • No food or drinks.
  • No balloons.
  • Our patients range in age from newborn to teens. Please consider all ages when selecting gifts.
  • Infection prevention and privacy guidelines do prohibit donors from directly delivering gifts to patients. However, your gifts will be given to patients or used specifically with our patients and their families year-round for therapeutic play and in our playroom and activity rooms.

Delivering Your Donation

  • We welcome your donations for the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital on Wednesdays.
  • You must e-mail or call ahead to set up a time.
  • A staff member will meet you to accept your donation in front of the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, thus making it most efficient for our donors.
  • TO ENSURE A SAFE DELIVERY: We request you wear a mask when delivering and we will conduct a contactless delivery process. We will provide hand sanitizer and a mask, if you need one. Please do not deliver if you are sick.  If you want a photo of the delivery, we are happy to take one of you and your donation.
  • Directions and a donation phone number to call will be given when you schedule your donation.
  • As a reminder, all toys must be new, including books.  We are unable to accept stuffed animals, handmade cards or food items.
  • Please refer to our wish list for our greatest needs at this time.

Additionally, we are encouraging donors to mail their donation:

Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital Child Life Department
Room 7006 SJCH MSC 355
10 McClennan Banks Drive Charleston SC 29425

MUSC Child Life Donation Wish List

Download a printable copy of our wishlist  (PDF) 


  • Crib Mirrors
  • Rattles (plastic or vinyl)
  • Musical/light up toys
  • Push toys
  • Toddler cars and trucks
  • Sound machines
  • Stacking toys
  • Shape sorters
  • Pop-up toys
  • Sound books and board books


  • Fisher Price toys and figures
  • Small, no-spill bubbles
  • Plastic baby dolls
  • Peg puzzles
  • Musical instruments
  • Pretend play food and dishes
  • Wooden puzzles
  • Fisher Price doctor kits

School Age

  • Construction Toys
  • Plastic baby dolls/accessories
  • Building toys
  • Action figures/Army men
  • Disney Play Sets
  • Cars/Trucks/Hot Wheels cars
  • Plastic dinosaurs
  • Small and medium Lego kits (no Duplos please)
  • Books/I Spy books
  • Board and card games
  • 25-48 piece puzzles
  • Barbie dolls/clothes

Teen Girls

  • Personal care gift packs (body wash, shampoo, etc.)
  • Nail polish/manicure kits
  • Teen games
  • Pajamas, socks, blankets
  • Journals (blank)
  • Adult coloring books
  • Craft kits

Teen Boys

  • Sports clothing/hats
  • Personal care gift packs (body wash, shampoo, etc.)
  • Hand-held games
  • Over-the-door basketball games
  • Sport magazines
  • Pajamas, socks, blankets

Art Supplies

  • Crayons - jumbo, regular 16 or 24 packs
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Coloring books - kids and adult varieties
  • Drawing paper
  • Glue/glitter glue (small bottles)
  • Paint brushes
  • Stickers
  • Blank canvas - any size
  • Clay
  • Kenetic Sand
  • Model Magic
  • Buttons
  • Jewels
  • Wooden craft items
  • Ceramics

Gift Cards

  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • Michael’s
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Visa/Mastercard
  • Netflix ($15 denominations)
  • Amazon
  • iTunes


  • Hand-held electronic games
  • Bop-It
  • Simon
  • CD players
  • Headphones/earbuds
  • Remote control cars
  • Portable DVD players 

Other Ways to Give

Monetary donation information, fundraiser information and to learn more about the new Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, please contact the Children’s Fund office at 843-792-2624 or visit the Campaign for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital