Inkind Donation FAQs

What kind of donations makes the largest impact?
What donations is Children's unable to accept?
Where and when can I donate items?
Can I donate stuffed animals?
My kids have some toys they’ve outgrown. Can Children’s use them?
Can I come with my kids or group to deliver gifts directly to a patient or patients?
My class or group would like to make blankets. What types and sizes work best?
I’m a knitter and would like to knit items. What things to you need most?
My class or group would like to make cards for Children's Patients. Do you accept those?
I’d like to donate books. Do you accept new or used books?
I am interested in donating artwork to the hospital. What is your process?

What kinds of donations makes the largest impact?

Your financial contributions to Children’s make the greatest and most immediate impact on our patients and families. From providing excellent care and top notch facilities, to continuing staff education and providing Charity Care. Your dollars support the very programs and projects that make Children’s, Children’s. Make your gift online today!

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What donations is Children's unable to accept?

Out of concern for the safety, immunity and allergies of many of our patients, we are unable to accept the following donations:

  • Used/previously played with toys, books, games or stuffed animals.
  • Private collections of toys, books, games or stuffed animals that have never been played with but have been stored away.
  • Latex toys, games and balloons.
  • Toys that resemble weapons (swords, Nurf guns, water guns, violent action figures, etc.)
  • Used medical equipment
  • Breast milk and unused formula
  • Donated hair for wigs
  • Crocheted/knit blankets
  • Wedding dresses for baptismal or burial gowns
  • Cards for patients
  • Homemade treats (cookies, cupcakes, bars, etc.)

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Where and when can I donate items?

Donations can be dropped off at either our Minneapolis or St. Paul hospital campus during the hours listed below. When you arrive at the hospital please plan to park in one of our visitor ramps (first 20 minutes are free.) Once inside the hospital you may bring your donations to one of our Welcome Desks.

Please fill out our donation form and bring it with you when you drop off your donation

Children’s – St. Paul

345 N Smith Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Welcome Center (1st floor, River Tower)
651-220-6000
Monday-Friday: 6am – 8pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8:30am – 5pm

Children’s – Minneapolis

2525 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Welcome Center (1st floor and 2nd floor)
612-813-6000
Monday-Friday: 6am – 8pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8:30am – 5pm

Mailing your donation

Donating toys and gifts to Children’s but don’t live in the Twin Cities, no problem! Mail your donations to the address below and make sure to include a complete donation form.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Foundation
2910 Centre Pointe Dr.
Roseville, MN 55113

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Can I donate stuffed animals?

Clean, new stuffed animals can be donated to Children’s and our Child Life team will distribute these to patients.

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My kids have some toys they’ve outgrown.  Can Children’s use them?

Out of concern for the safety, immunity and allergies of many of our patients, we are unable to accept donations of toys that have been previously played with or part of private collections.

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Can I come with my kids or group to deliver gifts directly to a patient or patients?

Due to privacy and infection prevention concerns, we aren't able to bring community members or groups onto the hospital floors to give gifts directly to patients, host events or play/read with patients.

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My class or group would like to make blankets. What types and sizes work best?

Children’s accepts and regularly distributes blankets from quilts to tie blankets. Fleece blankets are preferred as they are non-allergenic. Fun colors and patterns are always loved by our patients. We also encourage groups to make blankets that are 1 yard x 1 yard or 2 yards x 2 yards.

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I’m a knitter and would like to knit items. What things to you need most?

We can accept and use knit hats, scarves and mittens of all sizes during the fall/winter seasons. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept knit or crochet blankets due to medical equipment getting caught and snagged in them.

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My class or group would like to make cards for Children's patients. Do you accept those?

Unfortunately, Children's is no longer accepting cards for patients.

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I’d like to donate books.  Do you accept new or used books?

We accept donations of new books and are unfortunately not able to accept used books due to infection prevention.

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I am interesting in donating artwork to the hospital. What is your process?

We do accept donated artwork for the hospital that meets our standards. All artwork must go through an evaluation process in order to determine if we are able to accept it. Please contact Kristen McKittrick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a photo and details on the artist, size, medium, and framing of the artwork.

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