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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)
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
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
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
My First Crayola art sets
Crayola Color Wonder art sets
Wikki Sticks art sets
Mega Blocks sets
SCHOOL – AGE (6 to 10 years)
Superhero action figures
Basic science/STEM kits
Board games: Connect Four, Sorry, Guess Who, Trouble, Monopoly , Headbandz, Jenga, Apples to Apples Jr., etc.
Videogames: rated up to E 10+ for PlayStation 4 and Xbox
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
Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts
Barnes & Noble
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 313-745-5364