St. Christopher’s Candy Cane Corner Toy Drive is working to make children’s holiday wishes come true, and we need your help. Candy Cane Corner is hosted each year by our Child Life Team, who transforms our Lower-Level Atrium into a magical space where thousands of donated toys bring holiday magic. Parents or caregivers of children in the hospital over the holidays can choose from donated toys. Toys are also distributed to patients in the Emergency Department, procedure areas, and offices.
Donors can support our Child Life Team through a donation on our Online Giving Link, or by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy from November 24 to December 13. Due to the pandemic, our Toy Drive will work differently in 2021 to adhere to our Infection Prevention team's guidelines and ensure the safety of donors, patients, parents, caregivers, and employees.
Virtual Toy Box Donations
- Monetary donations can be made online.
- Checks or gift cards can be mailed to Hillary Israel, Child Life Program Manager, 160 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134.
- Donors may also shop from our Amazon Gift Registry.
Physical Toy Box Donations
- Specially marked boxes are located in the following drop-off sites for contactless drop-off of new, unwrapped toys from November 24 through December 13:
- St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children vestibule at 160 Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134. Toys will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
- St. Chris Care at Yardley at 680 Heacock Road, Suite 101, Yardley, PA 19067. Toys will be accepted from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
- Donated toys will be quarantined.
- If donors prefer to remain in their car for toy donation drop-offs, they may call 215-427-5320 to schedule an appointment (Main Hospital location only).
Candy Cane Corner, where parents and guardians of our inpatients can "shop" for toys for their children, will be held December 21 - 23 in the Lower Atrium of the hospital. Parents/guardians will be invited to shop and adhere to physical distancing requirements.
- Toys must be new and unwrapped.
- Please remember, patients range from infants through adolescents through teens.
- Please consider the cultural diversity of our children when making gift selections.
- Avoid toys with small or detachable parts or sharp edges.
- Fire regulations prohibit electrical, spark-producing, or friction-producing toys.
- Read the toy or craft item label to ensure all materials are non-toxic and latex-free (i.e., balloons).
- Please avoid religious toys or toys that depict violence, such as guns or knives.
Important Safety Notes
To ensure we are maintaining a consistent process for the safety of donors, employees, patients, and their families:
- Organizations with large group donations should call Hillary Israel, Manager of Child Life Services, at 215-427-5320 to schedule a drop-off.
- Physical donations of toys for the holidays will be accepted through December 13. After December 13, donors can still make monetary donations online.
- Regular toy/gift donations will resume on January 10. With thousands of children visiting our hospital each year, we have an ongoing need for new toys, craft supplies, books, tablets and video game systems, video games, and movies.
- While dropping off toys, donors must be mindful of physical distancing rules to keep our patients, staff, and community safe.
- Please avoid gathering in large groups outside on hospital grounds for extended periods.
- We are unable to take photographs of large groups due to health and safety guidelines.
- Group visits and entertainment visits are not currently permitted.
We greatly appreciate your generosity!