Donation guidelines for McLane Children’s

Thank you for your interest in donating to help meet the needs of our patients and their families during their hospital stay.

Listed below are some guidelines that will help protect our patients. Your consideration of donating to provide items that will bring comfort and normalcy to our patients and families during a time of need is much appreciated.

General guidelines

  • Items are developmentally appropriate for the ages (0-18) served at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Medical Center
  • Here is our current Wish List. If you have questions or would like suggestions regarding appropriate items, please call the Child Life Department at 254.935.4185, and we would be happy to speak with you
  • We accept NEW toys, games, books, stuffed animals, cloth toys, quilts, blankets, etc. Used items will not be accepted.   
  • The NICU accepts homemade donations that follow our homemade donation guidelines for NICU
  • Donations must be safe for patient use with limited breakable parts
  • Please do not gift-wrap donated items
  • Food items are not accepted by the Child Life Department

Child Life department wish list

All donations must be brand new due to infection control and safety regulations. Please call the Child Life Department at 254.935.4185 or email to schedule your donation or if you have any questions.

*Denotes items of greatest need

  • Infants and toddlers
    • Cleanable puzzles *
    • Infant mobiles (all plastic, preferably Nurture Smart)
    • Infant play mats*
    • Infant rattles and teethers (all plastic) *
    • Infantino products and toys *
    • Light-up toys
    • Musical crib soothers (all plastic, preferably Baby Einstein sea dreams soother)
    • O-ball products and toys *
    • Shape sorters and stacking toys *
    • Shatter-proof crib mirrors
    • Sound machines* (preferably Sound Spa on the Go)
    • Textured balls and toys
    • V-tech brand toys * (specifically, musical rhymes book)
    • Wooden peg puzzles (specifically, Melissa & Doug brand)
    • WubbaNubs/pacifiers
  • Pre-school & school-age children
    • Action figures *
    • Baby dolls * (preferably all plastic and multicultural)
    • Barbies
    • Disney toys *
    • Fisher Price brand toys * (specifically, Little People)
    • Hot Wheels and trucks
    • Lego sets (all sizes) *
    • Little Tikes brand toys
    • Magna-Tiles *
    • Musical toys
    • Plastic animals and dinosaurs
    • Plastic play food
    • Play tool sets
    • Playskool brand toys
    • Pretend medical kits *
    • Trains and accessories
  • Teenagers
    • Diaries and journals *
    • Earbuds and portable speakers
    • Handheld games
    • Legos for 12 years or older *
    • Make-up and nail polish kits
    • Personal hygiene items
  • Games
    • Board Games
    • Card Games * (Specifically, UNO)
    • Standard Card Decks
  • Arts and crafts
    • Canvases (blank and pre-printed designs) *
    • Coloring books*
    • Colored pencils (all pack sizes) *
    • Crayons (all pack sizes) *
    • Crayola model magic
    • Foam art
    • Glue sticks/bottles
    • Individual art activity kits *
    • Jewelry art supplies
    • Kinetic sand
    • Markers (broad and thin) *
    • Play-Doh and Play-Doh toys *
    • Slime kits
    • Velvet posters
    • Wood & ceramic items to be painted/crafts
    • Teen-specific arts and crafts *
      • Adult coloring books
      • Advanced art kits
      • Color by sticker books
      • Sketchbooks
  • Books (English or Spanish)
    • Infants and toddlers: cloth/soft books, board books, and sound books
    • Pre-school: picture books
    • School-age: longer picture books, short chapter books
    • Teenage: longer chapter books, comic books
    • I Spy books
  • Other miscellaneous items
    • Bubbles
    • Fidget toys *
    • I-Spy Wonder Tubes & Find-It game tubes
    • Light spinners *
    • Puzzles (any piece amount) *
    • Rainmakers
    • Stress balls *
    • Stuffed animals *
    • Squishies

Donation form

Before delivering items, we ask that you complete a Gift-in-Kind form if your donation totals more than $250 and either email it to or bring it with you when you deliver your donation.

This form helps us keep track of donations as well as thank you for your generosity. We ask for an estimation of the price of items donated. For donations over $1,000, we ask for a receipt to be provided with the donation.

Delivery and drop-off

To schedule a donation drop-off, please contact the Child Life Department at or 254.935.4185.

Due to patient confidentiality and infection control, donated items are distributed by Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center – Temple staff. Unfortunately, individuals and groups cannot distribute donated items to patients.

We typically do donations and drop-offs in the front lobby of McLane Children's Medical Center – Temple, across from the playground, at 1901 SW HK Dodgen Loop, Temple, TX 76502.