In-Kind Donations

Thank you for thinking of patients and families at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital! We are grateful for your generosity, and we appreciate all the individuals and organizations that bring cheer and comfort to our patients and their families.

Monetary donations

How can you help? You can make the biggest impact through a monetary donation to the UI Center For Advancement. The UI Center for Advancement provides support for our most urgent needs.

Donating items

You may also donate items. Always call Concierge Services at 319-356-1900 or 319-678-5500 before you plan a group project or visit, or a delivery of gifts.

Due to privacy regulations and infection control policies, a UI Health Care Guest Services staff member will accept donations on behalf of the hospital. We will make sure that items go where they are needed most.

We have some restrictions in place to protect the safety, health, and privacy of our patients and their families. Donated items that do not meet these guidelines must be discarded or redirected to another charity. Please make sure your donation counts!

  • All items must be new and should not be gift-wrapped.
  • All items must come from smoke-free, dust-free, and pet-free environments.
  • All fabric items must be made from new materials and in a non-scented new plastic bag for delivery.
  • All pins – safety pins and straight pins – must be removed from all donations.
  • We cannot accept food items past their labeled expiration dates.
  • To protect patient privacy names of current or former patients cannot be included with gifts, and please do not include last names identifying the donors on handmade cards.

Please complete a donation form, and bring a copy along with your donation.

We accept donations at the UI Hospitals & Clinics Main Entrance, near Concierge Services, on Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Unacceptable items

For health and security reasons, we cannot accept:

  • Handmade toys due to toy regulations for quality and safety
  • Used items
  • Anything latex (no latex balloons)
  • Candy
  • Fleece baby hats
  • Riding toys
  • Violent toys or games or toy weapons
  • Used medical equipment (Iowa Compass)
  • Art (Project Art)
  • Any food that is not prepackaged
  • Oversized stuffed animals
  • Handmade cards

Donors are not permitted on inpatient units, and choirs should not wander the halls without permission.

Local charity information for items that cannot be accepted by UI Health Care:

Goodwill of the Heartland (Iowa City and Coralville stores)

Crowded Closet Thrift Shop, Iowa City

Salvation Army, Iowa City

Wish list

These items are very popular with our patients and their families at all times.

Gift cards, especially from:

New clothing of all sizes:

Some patients' clothing is damaged due to their illness or injury

  • Sweatshirts
  • Elastic waist sweatpants
  • Underwear
  • Adult hard-soled slippers
  • Adult winter hats
  • Adult mittens


  • Infant rattles
  • Toddler toys
  • Barbies
  • Journals
  • Word search books
  • Crossword books
  • Sudoku books
  • Rubik's Cubes
  • Fidget spinners
  • Slinkys
  • Card games, including:
    • Standard decks of cards
    • UNO
    • Spot It!
    • Phase 10
  • Newly purchased, small, plush animals
    • Please deliver in individual plastic bags
  • Fisher-Price Little People toys, small sets
  • Small train cars
  • Small ponies, horses, and dinosaurs
  • Small tractors
  • Melissa and Doug brand toys
  • Laugh & Learn toys
  • LeapFrog toys
  • Magna-Tiles®
  • PopSockets®
  • Earbuds
  • Discovery Kids craft kits
  • Slime and slime supplies
  • Noise putty
  • Fisher-Price toy medical kits
  • Nerf balls
  • Action figures, including:
    • Marvel
    • Justice League
  • Small and medium Lego kits
  • Board books
  • Crinkle books for babies
  • Books with popular titles for all ages
  • DVDs
    • Rated G, PG, and PG-13 only
  • Backpacks
  • Classic board games
  • Items with popular characters, including:
    • Disney
    • Frozen
    • Thomas the Train
    • Star Wars
    • Doc McStuffins
    • Paw Patrol
    • PJ Masks
    • Peppa Pig
  • Bath sets for teens
  • Nail polish

Craft supplies:

You can also order from our Amazon Wish List.

  • Crayola® crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Watercolor paints
  • Crayola® washable markers
  • Sketch pads
  • Coloring books for all ages, including adults
  • Decorative duct tape
  • Elmer's Glue (large bottles)
  • Food coloring
  • Glue dots
  • Glue sticks
  • Modeling clay
  • Crayola® Model Magic®
  • Playdoh
  • Paint canvases
  • Play-Doh
  • Play-Doh sets
  • Blunt tip scissors
  • Individual craft sets for various ages and genders
  • Model cars for varying abilities

Iowa Hawkeye gifts and apparel, all sizes

Toiletry items

  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Mouthwash
  • Shaving cream
  • Saline solution
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel-size shampoo

Individually wrapped, non-perishable snacks that have not exceeded the expiration date on the label

In-Kind Gift Donations: Frequently Asked Questions

Special Projects

Volunteers are very important to UI Hospitals & Clinics. Please check out our volunteer opportunities.