St. Christopher’s Candy Cane Corner Toy Drive makes children’s holiday wishes come true, and we need your help! Candy Cane Corner is hosted each year by our Child Life Team who transform 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.

You can support our Child Life Team through a donation on our Online Giving Link, or by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy from December 1 through December 19. 

Ways to Give:

  • Monetary donations can be made online. 
  • Checks or gift cards may also be mailed to:
    • Hillary Israel, Child Life Program Manager, 160 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19134
  • Specially marked boxes are located in the following drop-off sites for contactless drop-off of new, unwrapped toys from December 1 through December 19:
    • 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.

St. Christopher's 2022 Toy Wish List

Items need to be new and unwrappedPlease note that we cannot accept cloth or violent toys (such as toy guns or knives).

Infant Items (Birth – 12 months)

  • Rattles and rattle balls
  • Teething rings
  • Plastic stacking blocks and cups
  • Baby play gyms
  • Infant soothers (plastic)
  • Plastic crib mobiles/music box
  • Crib mirrors
  • Musical tables (Fisher Price, Bright Starts, Baby Einstein, LeapFrog)
  • Board books
  • Infant links
  • Light-up and musical toys
  • Rainsticks
  • Ocean drums

Toddler Items (1-3 years)

  • Plastic toy telephones
  • Pounding benches
  • Plastic picture books
  • Form fitters (shape sorters)
  • Large LEGOs and Duplo LEGOs
  • Larger cars and trucks (light up/sound)
  • Diverse dolls with plastic bodies
  • Pop-up toys
  • Musical tables
  • Light-up/musical toys
  • Musical instruments
  • Plastic food
  • Board books
  • Fisher-Price Little People toys
  • Foam balls

Young School Age Items (4 to 7 years)

  • UNO cards
  • Board games
  • 25-100 piece puzzles
  • Play-Doh and Silly Putty
  • LEGOs
  • Matchbox cars
  • Diverse Barbie dolls
  • Craft kits
  • Nail polish
  • LOL, My Little Pony, Minnie Mouse, Disney characters, etc.
  • Marvel / action figures / superhero characters

Older School Age Items (8 to 12 years)

  • Craft kits
  • UNO cards
  • Board games 
  • Headphones and AirPods
  • Body Lotion
  • Nail Polish
  • Puzzles 100+ pieces
  • STEM craft kits
  • Jewelry-making kits, DIY Squishies
  • Journaling set

Teenager Items (13 year+)

  • Portable speakers
  • Gift sets (bath and body, makeup, manicure)
  • Sports team clothing - professional or collegiate (jerseys, shirts, sweatshirts, hats in both men’s and women's sizes)
  • Sports team memorabilia (bobbleheads, figurines, posters, decals)
  • Jewelry sets, watches, and accessories
  • Advanced craft kits
  • Advanced model kits
  • iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods

General Need

  • Gift cards - Amazon, Target, Apple, Walmart, Toys R Us, iTunes, Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Visa / Mastercard / American Express, GameStop, Learning Express, Lakeshore Learning
  • iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods
  • VR headsets (Meta Quest 2)
  • Video game consoles and hardware - Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
  • Video games and controllers (rated E)
  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • Portable radios with CD player
  • DVD player, regular, and portable
  • DVDs rated G, PG, or PG 13 (used or new)
  • iPads and iPods (used or new)
  • Craft kits (including STEM)
  • Clothing for all ages - pajamas, socks, underwear
  • White t-shirts and pillowcases to decorate
  • Stickers
  • Character bandages
  • Sensory toys for children with sensory processing issues and autism
  • Diverse children’s books

Toy Donation Guidelines

  • 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.
  • For any questions/clarifications, or if you plan to host a collection drive, please contact the Child Life Department at 215-427-5321.

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 19. After December 19, 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, 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.
  • Group visits and entertainment visits are not currently permitted.
We greatly appreciate your generosity!
Happy Holidays!