Nationwide Childrens Hospital Hosts Annual Holiday Toy Drive

November 17, 2017

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Annual Toy Drive to benefit patients at the hospital will take place Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donations will be accepted at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Downtown Urgent Care parking lot. Those interested in making a donation are encouraged to follow the signage from Children’s Drive and pull up along the sidewalk in the Urgent Care parking lot where volunteers and staff will accept toy donations while donors remain in their cars.

After Dec. 9, the hospital can receive donations between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday. The latest the hospital can accept Holiday toy donations is noon Dec. 22 and gifts cannot be accepted from Dec. 23-26. Drop-offs will resume on Dec. 27 at the main hospital tower entrance. If supporters are bringing a large donation of 50 items or more, please call 614-722-3635 in advance so the appropriate staff and volunteers can accommodate the drop off.

Please note, the hospital is unable to accept donations from Dec. 1-8.

Each year during the holidays, Nationwide Children’s receives countless phone calls and emails from the community asking about donating toys to patients. A gift of toys, games or activity supplies can make a big difference to children and families spending time in the hospital, especially during the holidays. While donations of food or clothing cannot be accepted, the following items are ideal:

Infant & Toddler toys – Especially those that are musical and/or light-up (all plastic please) 


Musical soothers (plastic without cloth parts)

Lego sets (small and medium sizes)

UNO Card Games

Little Tike & Fisher Price action structures and parts, people, cars, animals & trains

DVD’s, including Disney, Pixar, Teen appropriate movies – PG-13, no R please

Art supplies (24-pack crayons, markers, color pencils, scissors), coloring books, craft kits

Play-Doh and Play-Doh kits 

Amazon gift cards

All donated items should not be wrapped. Because of concerns regarding infection control and allergies, the hospital cannot accept used toys or used stuffed animals, including toys or stuffed animals that have never been played with, but have been in a home as part of a collection. Additionally, because of privacy laws, there will not be an opportunity to personally distribute items to patients and families. For more information on the appropriate types of toys and gifts Nationwide Children’s can accept, please click on the following link:


Media Relations Team

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

(614) 355-0495



Linda Sandvik

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation

Linda Sandvik Cell: (614) 595-0713

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at