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Child Life Wish List

Toys, games, books and arts and crafts help make our patients' time in the hospital brighter and allow them to feel like kids while away from school and peers.

Donated items must be new to ensure safety for our patients who may have compromised immune systems and should not be gift wrapped to enable easy distribution to the children.

Small is Beautiful!

We especially need small gifts and toys that can be given to many children on a regular basis. In many areas of the hospital, patients are given the chance to pick a prize after a particularly hard day or on a special occasion, such as finishing a round of treatment. Keeping your gifts small and portable helps us share them with more children in more areas of the hospital.

How to donate

Cash donations to the Child Life program at Central DuPage Hospital can be made through the Cadence Health Foundation.

Cadence Health Foundation
0S050 Winfield Road, Suite 200
Winfield, IL 60190
Phone: 630-933-GIVE (4483)
TTY: 630-933-4833
Fax: 630-933-1883
E-mail: CadenceHealthFoundation@cadencehealth.org

For new toy and gift card donations, please contact the Child Life line at 630.933.PLAY (7529). TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833

Wish List

Suggested small gifts

  • Card game decks - Uno® and others
  • Handheld games -  20Q, Yahtzee, others
  • Jewelry or bead kits
  • Matchbox® cars
  • Art or craft kits for kids
  • Cartoon figures from current ©Disney, Nickelodeon® and ©PBS television shows.
  • Lego® kits
  • Disposable cameras
  • Small Etch-a-Sketch® or DoodlePro™

Other suggestions, by age group

Infants (0 to 18 months)

  • Baby blocks
  • Books - cardboard or vinyl
  • Duplo® blocks
  • Music boxes, musical radios
  • Push toys, carts
  • Puzzles (simple)
  • Rattles
  • Shape sorters
  • Stacking rings, cubes and cups
  • Balls
  • Teething rings
  • Toy telephones

Toddler/Preschool (18 months to 4 years)

  • Blocks
  • Books, especially Spanish language
  • Bubble tumblers (non-spill)
  • Dressing dolls
  • Duplo® blocks
  • Farm animals
  • Infant dolls - all ethnicities, both genders
  • Linking toys
  • Little People® sets
  • Musical toys, instruments
  • Fisher-Price® Crib Peaceful Aquariums
  • Play food and kitchen toys
  • Play medical kit
  • Pop-up books
  • Puzzles of 10 pieces or fewer
  • See 'n' Say®

School age (5 to 12 years)

  • Activity books - Where's Waldo™, I Spy™ and others
  • Beads and jewelry making kits
  • Board games
  • Books, especially Spanish language
  • Bubble machines
  • Cars and trucks
  • Coloring books (non-violent)
  • Crayons, colored pencils
  • Dinosaurs Geo Safari and game packs
  • Handicraft kits
  • Handheld games
  • Modeling clay (air-drying)
  • Nerf ® Ball games
  • Paint - washable tempera and watercolor
  • Play-Doh® Fun Factories
  • Playing card games
  • Puzzles - 25 to100 pieces
  • Science/nature model/craft kits
  • Stickers

Adolescents (13 years and older)

  • Back packs, tote bags, coin purses
  • Books, including Spanish language
  • Calculators - hand-held battery-operated
  • Cameras  - 35 mm, disposable, instant
  • CD players - portable with headphones
  • Hand-held game units
  • Gift cards for music, department stores
  • Jewelry kits
  • Magazines - teen, fashion, sports
  • Model kits - challenging
  • Painting sets
  • Picture frames
  • Playing cards
  • Posters Puzzles, 300 pieces
  • Sports paraphernalia  - T-shirts, cups, posters
  • Stationery, diaries, notepads, journals
  • Stress squeeze balls
  • Toiletries - nail care, brushes, combs, pins, lip gloss and hand lotion

Movies, Music and Video Games

  • Gift cards for iTunes, Target®, Best Buy®, Wal-Mart® and food retailers (Chipotle®, McDonald's®, KFC®, etc.)
  • Latest releases of DVD movies with G or PG13 ratings, nonviolent. Movies for teens are especially needed.
  • Non-violent video games for PlayStation 2™, Xbox™, Xbox 360™ and GameCube™.

Arts & Crafts

  • Art kits
  • Glitter pens
  • Craft sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glitter/sequins
  • Self-drying art clay
  • Stickers
  • Watercolors
  • Play-Doh®
  • Markers
  • Paints/brushes
  • Safety scissors
  • Beads

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