FAQs about in-kind donations

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about donating items to Children’s Minnesota:

What kinds of donations makes the largest impact?

Your financial contributions to Children’s Minnesota 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 us Children’s Minnesota. Make your gift online today.

Children’s Minnesota is unable to accept the following items:
Out of concern for the safety, immunity and allergies of many of our patients, Children’s Minnesota is only able to accept new items with the tags still attached. 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
  • Items that include information that identify past or present patients including but not limited to patient’s first and last name, birth date, photo and story
  • 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
  • Infant clothing with zippers
  • Fleece infant clothing
  • Infant t-shirts, sweatshirts, pants or snowsuits
  • Crib bumpers
  • Wedding dresses for baptismal or burial gowns
  • Cards or art for patients
  • Homemade treats (cookies, cupcakes, bars, etc.)
  • Yoga, Zumba or other exercise classes
  • Flowers from weddings, funerals, or other outside events
  • Sports equipment, bikes, skateboards, scooters

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 Centers.

Please fill out our in-kind donation form and bring it with you when you drop off your donation.

Children’s Minnesota – St. Paul drop-off location
345 N Smith Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Welcome Centers (first floor or second floor)
Monday – Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Children’s Minnesota – Minneapolis drop-off location
2525 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Welcome Centers (first floor or second floor)
Monday – Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mailing your donation

Donations can always be mailed to the address below. Make sure to include a completed donation form. 

Children’s Minnesota
c/o Children’s Minnesota Foundation
720 East 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Can I donate stuffed animals?

Clean, new stuffed animals can be donated and our child life team will distribute these to patients

My kids have some toys they’ve outgrown.  Can I donate them to Children’s Minnesota?

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 were part of private collections.

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 with patients or play/read with patients.

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

Children’s Minnesota 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 1.5 yard x 1.5 yard or 2.5 yards x 1.5 yards.

I am 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.

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

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting cards for patients.

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

We accept donations of new books. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept used books due to infection prevention.

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

We are fortunate to have a large collection of original, commissioned artwork from local, professional artists, and we are no longer accepting donated artwork for the hospital at this time.


In-kind donations are directed to the Child Life Program for equitable distribution to patients and families. If an in-kind gift is requested to be designated to a specific area of the hospital, please provide this detail in the space provided on the In-kind Donation Form. The Child Life Program will make its best effort to comply with the requested designation. Depending on many factors including, but not limited to, unit needs and the quality of the in-kind gift, Children’s Minnesota may not be able to meet the designation request for the in-kind donation and may, at its sole discretion, designate the in-kind donation to other areas of the hospital or provide the in-kind donation to other non-profit organization(s).

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