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
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)
Fantasy dress-up clothes
Magical figures, etc.
Non-latex costume masks: cartoon characters, action figures, fantasy figures
Play 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
Pegs and pegboards
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.
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
Non-gelatin fruit snacks (Annie’s)
Apple sauce pouches