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Donation Guidelines & Wish List

Thank you so much for your interest in giving to the 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, video games and movies.

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

For questions: email Suzanne Mishler or call 843-792-1294

Donation Guidelines

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

  • We ask that all toys and materials be new and in their original packaging. Please do not wrap donations.
  • Please check our “Top 5 Needs” section of our wish list for our greatest wishes at this time.
  • 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 control 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 playrooms.

Delivering Your Donation

  • The Child Life Department is happy to receive donations on Wednesday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.
  • We can meet you with your donation in the MUSC Horseshoe in front of the Children’s Hospital entrance (see attached map). The GPS address is 165 Ashley Ave. Please contact Suzanne Mishler at mishler@musc.edu or call 843-792-1294 to arrange your drop-off time.
  • Infection control 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 playrooms.
  • As a reminder, we are unable to accept previously used toys, stuffed animals, handmade cards or food items.
  • Please refer to our wish list for our greatest needs at this time.

Drop-off directions link: 165 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC 29425.

If you prefer to mail your donation, please send to:

MUSC Child Life Department
165 Ashley Ave, MSC 355
Charleston SC 29425
Room 741CH

MUSC Child Life Donation Wish List

Download a printable copy of our wishlist  (PDF file)

Top Needs

  • Infant Rattles - plastic
  • Card games - Uno, Skip-Bo, playing cards
  • Items to paint - wooden, ceramics, canvases
  • Crayons, Markers, and glue
  • Earbuds
  • Super Heroes (4-6 inches)

Infant/Toddler

  • 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

Preschool

  • 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
  • Mega Tile/Stixs
  • Building toys
  • Action figures/Army men
  • Cars/Trucks/Hot Wheels cars
  • Plastic dinosaurs
  • Lego kits
  • Books/I Spy books
  • Board and card games
  • 25-48 piece puzzles
  • Diver 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

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
  • Scissors
  • Glue/glitter glue (small bottles)
  • Paint brushes
  • Stickers
  • Blank canvas - any size
  • Play-Doh (small containers), clay, Model Magic
  • Buttons
  • Jewels
  • Duct Tape all varieties
  • Wooden craft items
  • Ceramics

Gift Cards

  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • Michael’s
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Visa/Mastercard

Electronics

Games for the following systems:

  • Nintendo DXL
  • PS4
  • XBOX one

All games must be rated “E” or “Teen.” We cannot accept games rated “M.”

  • Bop-It, Simon, 8-ball
  • CD players
  • Portable DVD players

Movies

Any new releases and Disney, Pre-school
All movies must be rated G, PG or PG-13.

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