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Holiday Donations to Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Help make the holiday season a little brighter for kids at KCH by donating new toys and books.

The holidays are a difficult time to have a loved one in the hospital, especially if that loved one is a child. You can make the holidays special for children and families who are receiving care at Kentucky Children’s Hospital by donating toys, books, gift cards and other gifts.

The KCH Child Life Department accepts toy donations during our annual Holiday Donation Days. On the dates below, hospital staff will meet at the designated drop-off area at KCH to accept donations for patients while donors remain in their cars.

Please note: Out of concern for our patients’ safety and privacy, we are unable to welcome groups of visitors into the hospital to give gifts directly to our patients. When you drop off gifts, our Child Life Specialists will take great care to ensure that your donation is distributed to patients and families in your honor.

2018 Holiday donation drop-off days and hours

  • Thursday, December 13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Friday, December 14, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Monday, December 17, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 18, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Donors should contact the Child Life Department at to receive directions to the drop-off location and a confirmation for your donation.

Kentucky Children’s Hospital is unable to accept donations on December 24 or December 25.

  • Holiday donation ideas

    Please refer to our Toy Drive Wish List for approved donations to KCH. Below is a list of the most frequently needed donations:

    1. Lego kits (small and medium sizes).
    2. Baby teethers and rattles.
    3. Crayola art supplies (24-count crayon packs, markers, colored pencils, scissors, etc.), coloring books, craft kits.
    4. Games (Uno, Skip-Bo, Phase Ten, board games, etc.).
    5. Infant/toddler musical or light-up toys (V-Tech, Fisher-Price, Munchkin, etc.).
    6. Little Tikes and Fisher-Price toys (people, vehicles, animals, etc.).
    7. DVDs (Rated G, PG and PG-13).
    8. Play-Doh and Play-Doh kits.
    9. Craft kits.

    Our hospital serves newborns to 18-year-olds. While we encourage donations, it is important that any items given to hospitalized children comply with infection control and safety standards. We are unable to accept any of the following donations:

    • Used toys, stuffed animals, books or clothing.
    • Latex balloons. 
    • Food or live plants.
    • Sharp or harmful objects.
    • Mature-rated games/movies. 
    • Items with religious sayings, symbols, etc.
  • Donate gift cards

    As an alternative to donating toys, please consider giving gift cards or monetary donations to the Child Life Department. The following gift cards are preferred: Amazon, Walmart, Target, iTunes, Google Play, movie theaters and other child-friendly stores.

    Please include your name, email address and phone number with any mailed donation so we can receipt the donation. Gift cards can be dropped off during holiday donation hours or mailed to:

    Kentucky Children’s Hospital – Child Life Department
    800 Rose St.
    4th Floor, Room HA444
    Lexington, KY 40536