Snowpile Information 2020

Thank you for your interest in donating to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation in support of the Snowpile program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Snowpile offers families admitted on the date of the event the opportunity to choose gifts for all the children in their family. This amazing event is the highlight of our holiday season and impacts many, many patients and families, helping to create special memories during a special time of year.

Individuals or groups can help by following these recommendations when donating toys.

Please keep in mind:

  • SAFETY is the most important consideration when selecting items
  • NO USED ITEMS PLEASE. We only accept newly purchase and unused toys, games, books, and stuffed animals
  • Violent games and books, toy guns, swords and projectile toys are not accepted
  • Please refrain from including drones, slime kits/items, candy, food, glow items or chalk of any kind
  • Please refrain from donating items which contain specific religious or political themes
  • Due to safety recalls, please avoid dollar store items
  • Arts & craft materials must have the non-toxic seal (AP, CP, health label Non-Toxic)
  • Crayons (including those in art kits) must be Crayola or Rose Art brands
  • Some children are sensitive to natural rubber latex, please:
    • Buy only specific name brands whenever possible
    • Do not donate items known to contain natural rubber latex including, but not limited to, rubber balloons, Koosh balls, rubber stamps, rubber balls, rubber erasers, paddles with rubber balls attached, etc.
  • Leave gifts unwrapped as it will allow caregivers to see what their gifts options are when choosing items for their child
  • Grouping like items together in your donation at drop off is very helpful! For example, all Lego sets together, all infant toys together, etc.
  • Please note that secondary to a variety of hospital policies, donors are not able to directly hand out or provide donations to patients and families. Rather, our staff will ensure the items are utilized for the benefit of patients and families during the Snowpile event and beyond.

The following are items which are most sought after, most helpful to our patients and families, and most needed for 2020!

INFANT-TODDLER (newborn to 2 years)

  • Bouncy seats
  • Crib gyms
  • Fisher Price crib attachments and mobiles
  • Infant SoundSpa/sound machines
  • Infant mirrors (no glass, must be shatterproof)
  • Oball/Sassy rattles and balls
  • Teething toys and sippy cups
  • Bathtub toys
  • Mr./Mrs. Potato Head
  • Interactive light/sound/push button toys
  • Fisher Price ring stack toy
  • Fisher Price shape sorters
  • Push and pull toys
  • Fisher Price xylophone and other play instruments
  • Play telephones
  • Tonka/Little Tykes first trucks & cars
  • Lego Duplo My First Bricks sets
  • My First Crayola art sets
  • Simple wooden puzzles

PRESCHOOL (3 to 5 years)

  • LEGO Duplo blocks
  • Fisher Price doctor play kits
  • Fisher Price Little People & play sets
  • Beginner board games: Memory, UNO Moo, Chutes and Ladders, CandyLand, Zingo, etc.
  • Beginner puzzles (12-48 pcs)
  • Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars & play sets
  • Play-Doh & accessories
  • Play food sets
  • Baby dolls
  • My First Crayola art sets
  • Crayola Color Wonder art sets
  • Wikki Sticks art sets
  • Squigz toys
  • Mega Blocks sets

SCHOOL – AGE (6 to 10 years)

  • Superhero action figures
  • Barbies
  • Craft kits
  • Basic science/STEM kits
  • Board games: Connect Four, Sorry, Guess Who, Trouble, Monopoly , Headbandz, Jenga, Apples to Apples Jr., etc.
  • Card games: Uno, Phase 10, Skip Bo, Spot it, regular card decks
  • Puzzles (48 pcs +)
  • Video games: rated E for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
  • Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars & play sets
  • LEGO sets

PRE-TEEN AND TEEN (11 years and up)

  • Bead/jewelry kits
  • Craft kits
  • Sketch pads & art supplies
  • Adult coloring books and colored pencils
  • Board games – Monopoly, Battleship, Blokus, Rummikub, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Life, etc.
  • Card games—Uno, Phase 10, Skip Bo, regular card decks
  • Videogames: rated up to E 10+ for PlayStation 4 and Xbox
  • Lego sets
  • Headphones/earbuds
  • Model/Science Kits
  • Nail, hair, and body care sets, makeup palettes
  • Fuzzy socks, PJ pants
  • Travel bottles/cups/mugs (plastic and aluminum only)


  • “Where’s Waldo?” or “Look and Find” Books
  • Books (infant through young adult)
  • Crayola crayons, markers, & colored pencils
  • Sound machines and white noise machines
  • Journals & pens
  • Nerf basketballs/footballs


  • Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts
  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Meijer
  • Michaels
  • Target
  • Wal-Mart
  • Playstation store Microsoft/X Box store

All Monetary donations should be directed to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Child Life Toy Fund for the purchasing of toys.

How to drop off your items for donation:

Snowpile donations are made at the Detroit location by appointment Monday-Friday 8:30am– 4:00pm.
Please contact Sinéad Nimmo, Child Life Projects Specialist to schedule your donation drop off