Holiday Giving at Rady Children's

In an effort to more effectively organize and distribute toys to the kids and families in our care this holiday season, we will be hosting our inaugural Rady Children's Holiday Toy Drive on Friday, Dec. 14 from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. in front of the Hospital. Toys delivered to the Hospital on this date will be used to stock our Toy Room full to the brim. Families will then be able to select toys for their little ones in time for the holidays.

Although we strongly encourage donations on this date, we will be able to accept smaller donations (no more than 40 toys) through Friday, Dec. 21. Please contact our In-Kind Coordinator at 858-966-8833 or for more information. We appreciate your support in shaping this new holiday tradition.

Donation Process and Regulations

Please see below for our wish list and other options for giving to our in-kind program. Donated toys must be brand new, unwrapped and free of violent imagery, religious themes and company logos.

Current Greatest Need: Infant and Toddler toys including but not limited to packaged teething toys, rattles, Discover & Play musical toys and Baby Einstein items.

Due to Hospital safety and infection control policies, Rady Children's is no longer able to accept handmade, plush or fabric items. This includes stuffed animals, blankets and clothing. Additionally, any handmade donations, including knit or crocheted items and greeting cards, will not be distributed to patients.

Please note that donors are not able to deliver toys personally to patients. Child Life Specialists will assist families with choosing toys which align best with their children's needs.

How to Donate

In person:

3020 Children's Way
San Diego, CA 92123

During business hours, please see Gift Shop staff for assistance with accessing our donation bin and completing a donation acknowledgement form. After hours, the information desk personnel will be able to assist you.

If you require assistance with your donation drop-off, or if your donation is a very large quantity of items, please contact our In-Kind Coordinator at 858-966-8833 or to schedule a specific drop-off time.

By mail:

Attn: Toy Room
3010 Children’s Way
San Diego, CA 92123


Visit our Amazon Wish List to send toys directly to the Hospital, or donate online to our Toy Fund and we will purchase what we need.

To learn more, read our FAQs.

Wish List

  • New release DVDs (G, PG or PG-13)
  • Infant items (rattles and/or teething toys in original packaging)
  • Toddler items (musical and pop-up toys)
  • Preschool/school age items (Fisher Price medical play kits, princess/non-violent superhero action figures)
  • LEGOS (boys and girls, all ages)
  • Play-Doh, Crayola crayons, Crayola art supplies
  • Teen items (books/journals, headphones, remote cars, nail polish kits, $5 and $10 gift cards to Target, Best Buy, Starbucks, etc.)
  • E&T-rated electronic games (Nintendo, Wii, Play Station 3 & 4, Xbox 360 in original packaging)
  • Board/card games (UNO, Headbanz, Apples to Apples, Jenga, Sorry, Don’t Break the Ice)

What we cannot accept

  • Used items
  • Food or candy
  • Plush and cloth animals/toys, including Beanie Babies
  • Books and toys with violent and/or religious themes (guns, swords, military themed toys)
  • Latex balloons
  • Video games that are not "E" or "T" rated
  • Movies rated "R"
  • Get well cards
  • Any handmade, knitted, sewn or wooden items
  • Oversized items, e.g. bikes, skate boards or surfboards
  • VHS tapes

If you have used items you would like to donate to a charitable organization, please contact the United Cerebral Palsy Thrift Store. UCP is a wonderful organization and may be able to pick up items from your home. You can call UCP at: 858-495-3154.

If you have further questions, please contact our In-Kind Coordinator at 858-966-8833.