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Help the Patients at KCH Have a Merry Holiday – From a Distance

Photo of a pile of wrapped gifts by Christmas tree

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2020) —The holidays will look a little different for everyone this year but that doesn’t mean they can’t be merry and bright. The Child Life staff at Kentucky Children’s Hospital are accepting donations of new and unopened toys, books, games and more for the young patients who will have to spend the holidays at the hospital.

“We try to make the holidays special for patients and their families, and we couldn’t do that without the support of the community,” said Child Life coordinator Jennifer Guilliams. “We know this year has been hard for everyone, so we very much appreciate the generosity of our donors.”

To reduce the risk of exposure for donors and hospital staff, those interested in sending gifts are encouraged to shop the online wishlist. Purchases will be sent directly to the hospital from the vendors. Child Life cannot accept any homemade or used items.

Donors who are unable to mail gifts directly to the hospital can contact the Child Life department to schedule a donation drop off during the designated drop off dates. Due to direction from UK HealthCare’s Infection Control, the Child Life staff will be unable to accept any donations without prior approval; donation delivery must be scheduled in advanceTo ensure the health and safety of the Child Life staff and patients, we ask that everyone follow the donation guidelines.

For questions about donation, or to schedule a donation drop off, please email

Infant & Toddler Toys: (High Need)

  • Infant & toddler (high need)
  • Infant toys (no cloth toys please)
  • Board books
  • Sensory books 
  • Musical aquariums
  • Infant mirrors • Light up toys
  • Musical toys
  • Rattles, shakers and teethers
  • Stuffed animals without plastic eyes/ pieces
  • V-tech toys
  • Wooden puzzles
  • Shape sorters
  • Stacking toys


  • Baby dolls (all ethnicities)
  • Board games
  • Disney character Items
  • Hot Wheel/Matchbox cars/tracks
  • Play-doh, Play-doh kits
  • Wooden puzzles
  • Tea sets, play food
  • Fisher Price toys, Little Tykes toys
  • Pretend play kits (tools, music, medical)

School-age children

  • Non-violent action figures/superheroes
  • Barbie dolls
  • Baby dolls (hard-bodied for cleaning purposes)
  • Board games (Life, Monopoly, Battleship, etc.)
  • Card games (Uno, Skipbo, Phase Ten, etc.)
  • Craft sets, kits, wooden objects to paint
  • Lego kits (Star Wars, Superhero, etc.)
  • Nerf toys
  • Remote-controlled toys and cars

Teens: (High Need)

  • Journals and notebooks
  • Puzzle books
  • Nail polish, makeup, bath lotions
  • Jewelry
  • Complex lego kits, craft kits
  • Nerf ball sets
  • Model cars, paint, glue
  • Sports balls
  • Board games
  • CD players/ MP3 players with headphones, speakers
  • Water bottles or fun straw cups
  • Sports team items (clothing, hats, etc.)

Playroom/Child Life Program supplies

  • Gift cards to Meijer, Wal-Mart and Amazon
  • Mini bubbles
  • Spin lights
  • Squeeze balls
  • Play-doh
  • Craft kits
  • Paint brushes
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • DVD movies (popular cartoons/ ratings of G, PG & PG-13)

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.