ChildSavers’ wishlist asks our community members to donate toys, books, costumes, and art supplies for the children that we serve. Many of the donations we receive are used both in mental health services and in our child care provider centers.
Play, sand tray, and art therapy help children express themselves when they can’t find words. Many of the child care providers with whom we work serve low-income families and are often unable to afford new supplies and equipment. Below is a list of our most-needed items.
Dolls and Accessories
Loving Family dolls (dollhouse size) – multicultural
Baby dolls with bottles and diapers – multicultural
Doll clothes and accessories; strollers
Dollhouse furniture (beds, kitchen and bathroom, etc.)
Barbie dolls and clothes – multicultural
Cloth puppets/hand puppets – animals and people
Soft dolls without button eyes or other features (removable features can pose a choking hazard)
Immediate Response (for children who have experienced trauma)
Dress-up clothes (male and female) – hats, shoes, clothes:
Fantasy dress-up clothes
Magical figures, etc.
Toy guns and handcuffs
Non-latex costume masks: cartoon characters, action figures, fantasy figures
Household items (toy-sized):
Housekeeping items (child-sized)
Toy doctor kits
Wooden unit blocks
Foam unit blocks
Stacking or linking sets
Hollow blocks (can be homemade)
Accessories: cars, trucks, trains, airplanes, people, animals, dinosaurs, traffic signs
Finger Play Items/Games
Beads with strings
Pegs and pegboards
The Ungame, pick-up sticks, Uno, Jenga
Books and Pictures for Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Young School-Aged Children
Nature and science
Pictures of realistic familiar objects, routines, different styled homes, people, food
Different races/cultures, ages, gender, and occupations
Different abilities: wheelchairs, eyeglasses, etc.
Counting, comparing, shapes, written numbers, etc.
Fantasy books appropriate for toddlers or preschoolers
Board books for infants and toddlers
Posters or pictures of realistic people, homes, familiar objects, science and nature, race and culture, children playing, or representing people with different abilities, ages, and genders
* Books should be new or like new with no torn or written-on pages.
Non-toxic felt pens
Play dough or clay
Tempera paint/finger paint
Toys that make sounds
All types of CDs that represent different cultures and types of music
Pillows – all sizes
Small padded chairs
Carpets – all sizes
Small child-sized bean bags