Wishlist

Richmond, Virginia

ChildSavers’ wishlist asks our community members to donate new or gently used 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

Multicultural dolls
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)

Active Toys

Basketball
Football
Soccer ball
Frisbee
Hula hoops
Jump ropes

Balance Board
Weighted Blanket
Play tunnel
Stretch bands
Rain sticks

Dress-up Clothes

Fantasy dress-up clothes
Magical figures, etc.
Police uniforms
Costume accessories

Firefighter clothing/gear
Monster costumes
Non-latex costume masks: cartoon characters, action figures, fantasy figures

Play Household Items (toy-sized):

Dish sets
Pretend food
Cash register
Shopping carts

Toy telephones
Housekeeping items (child-sized)
Toy doctor kits
Workbench (child-sized)

Blocks

Small blocks
Soft blocks
Wooden unit blocks
Foam unit blocks
Stacking or linking sets
Jenga

Lincoln Logs
Interlocking blocks
Hollow blocks (can be homemade)
Building toys
Accessories: cars, trucks, trains, airplanes, people, animals, dinosaurs, traffic signs

Play Items/Games

Puzzles
Pegs and pegboards
Rattles

The Ungame, Pick-up sticks, Uno, Go Fish
Books and Pictures for Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Young School-Aged Children

Learning Toys and Books

Books or cards that teach counting, comparing, shapes, written numbers, etc.
Fantasy books appropriate for toddlers or preschoolers
Board books for infants and toddlers
Posters or pictures of homes, familiar objects, science and nature, children playing, or representing diverse people with different abilities, ages, genders, cultures, and ethnicities.
* Books should be new or like new with no torn or written-on pages.

Art Supplies

Paper
Crayons
Non-toxic felt pens
Thick pencils
Play dough or clay
Wood gluing/carpentry
Safe scissors
Hole punches
Tape dispensers

Tempera paint/finger paint
Easels
Aprons/smocks
Paint brushes
Glue/glue sticks
Water colors
Chalk/small chalkboards
Construction paper
Fabric

Toys that make sounds

Maracas
Xylophones
Toy drums
Bells
Rhythm sticks
Sand blocks

Tone blocks
Tambourines
Castanets
CD players
All types of CDs that represent different cultures and types of music

Furnishings

Pillows – all sizes
Small padded chairs

Carpets – all sizes
Small child-sized bean bags

Snacks

Goldfish
Popcorn
Pirate Booty
Non-gelatin fruit snacks (Annie’s)

Granola Bars
Animal Crackers
Apple sauce pouches