Thank you for your interest in donating to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center!

Through your donations, we are able to provide wonderful extras such as blankets or toys for children while they are in the hospital. Please consider the following needs/wish list when planning your donation. Due to allergies, infection control and other criteria, we are unable to accept the following items: toys, games or clothing that are used, latex balloons, weapons (real or play), razors, dental floss, cotton swabs or religious items such as Bibles or crosses.


If you have additional questions regarding a donation, please contact Leigh Williams at 615-435-5158 or

General Needs:

  • Individual Play-Doh®
  • Crayons, washable markers, and colored pencils
  • Child-friendly coloring books
  • Playing cards (UNO®, Phase 10®, Go Fish, Old Maid)
  • Children’s movies for all ages
  • Underwear for all ages
  • Travel-sized shampoo and conditioner for families who come to the hospital unexpectedly. (We are unable to accept razors, floss, or cotton swabs)
  • Vinyl bouncy seat (click here to view online)
  • Vibrating Snake (click here to view online)

Car Seats

  • Infant Seat with Base: Evenflo Discovery
  • Convertible: Cosco Scenera
  • Forward facing with Harness: Cosco High Back Booster Seat
  • Belt Positioning Booster Cosco High Rise Booster Seat


  • Preemie clothes
  • T-shirts (all sizes, including adult sizes)
  • Underwear (all sizes, including adult sizes)
  • Sweatpants (all sizes, including adult sizes)
  • Pajamas (all sizes, including adult sizes)
  • Sleep Sacks Halo® (all sizes)
  • Pull-Ups® (all sizes)
  • Socks with grips (infant and toddler)

Arts & Crafts:

  • Gel pens
  • Fabric paint/pens
  • Blank canvases
  • Clay and tools
  • White card stock
  • Arts & crafts kits
  • Elmer’s® glue

Infant/Toddler Items:

  • Pretend Play Happy Family set of 8 (Asian, Hispanic, black, Caucasian, diverse abilities, around the world)
  • Disney Princesses
  • Mini toddler dolls
  • Disney princesses magiclip 6-pack
  • Waterbabies baby dolls
  • Sound machines:
  • Shooting stars Glow Soother™ (Fisher-Price)
  • Soundspa Lullaby Sound Machine & Projector (myBaby)
  • Portable Peace Travel Sound Machine (The First Years®)
  • Memorex Portable CD Boombox with AM/FM Radio
  • O’ Links Rattle Developmental Toy Sassy®
  • Crib Mobiles:
    • Soothing Ocean Slumbers Mobile™ (Vtech®)
    • Lil’ Crittters Muscial Dreams Mobile™ (Vtech®)
    • Woodland Friends Muscial Dreams Mobile™ (Vtech®)
    • Lil’ Critters Soothe & Surprise Light™ (Vtech®)
    • Infant Stim-mobile for Crib (Manhattan Toys®)
    • Mobile Sea Animals (Goki®)
    • Baby Crib Mobile Bed Bell Arm Bracket Set (AGPtek®)
    • Wimmer-Perguson Infant Stim-Mobile (Manhattan Toys®)
  • Crib-side aquarium or waterfall soothers
  • Rattles and teethers
  • Little People® dolls
  • Chunky cars
  • Activity Ball V-tech® toys: Busy Learners Activity Cube, computers, phones
  • Munchkin® Mozart Magic Cube
  • Onesies, short sleeve gowns (6-18 months)
  • Plastic mobiles
  • B. Times Square Activity Cube
  • Light and sound toys
  • Light-up wands
  • Best Choice Products Musical Activity Cube

Preschool Age Items:

  • Legos®
  • Puzzles with wooden pegs
  • Light up musical hand held toys (phones, keys)
  • Kitchen food set
  • Fisher Price Medical Play sets

School Age Items:

  • Trains
  • Trucks/tractors
  • Planes/helicopters
  • Superhero figurines
  • Balls
  • Nerf® items
  • Lego/Duplo® Kits
  • Plastic Barbie®/baby dolls
  • Board Games (Guess Who, Connect 4, Monopoly Jr., CandyLand, Trouble)
  • Puzzles (24-48 Pieces)
  • Play-Doh® tools
  • Matchbox® cars
  • Boat Play set
  • Train set

Teen/Adolescent Items:

  • Headphones/ear buds
  • Ear plugs
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant camera
  • Fingers Crossed portable charger/ZILU Smart Power portable charger
  • Android and iPhone chargers
  • Watch Ya Mouth game
  • Polaroid wireless selfie stick
  • Stress balls
  • Sleep masks
  • Board Games (Checkers, Clue, Battleship, Monopoly)
  • Lego® Kits
  • Puzzles (48-100 pieces)
  • Jewelry making kits
  • Journals

Gift Cards:

  • iTunes®
  • Target®
  • Walmart®
  • Amazon®


Frequently Asked Questions

Can my group bring our donations in and distribute them to patients in the hospital?

Due to strict privacy and infection control policies, donations are processed through Administration. Child Life Staff will ensure that all donations are shared with patients in the most appropriate way.

Can we donate gently used stuffed animals?

We cannot accept any used stuffed animals or cloth items for infection control reasons.

Can I bring food, candy or baked goods to patients?

Many of our patients have restricted diets and food allergies, so we are unable to accept food or candy donations.

Can I dress up as a holiday character and visit patients?

These special volunteers must pass hospital screenings, background checks and training on how to help us with our holiday needs.

How many gifts do I need to bring?

We accept donations of all sizes. We combine our donations so all children receive the same quantity.

Do you accept gift cards?

We accept donations of gift cards to help families and patients while staying at the hospital. Ideal cards include gas, phone, and food. Store gift cards (Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreen’s, CVS) and GameStop are other good ideas.

How can I donate my time?

We offer many volunteer opportunities for members of our community to assist our patients and their families. For more information about our Volunteer Program, please call 615-435-5429. If you have additional questions, please contact Leigh Williams at 615-435-5158 or

The Power of Play-Doh®

Play-Doh® has entertained the minds of children for generations, but it’s not just a fun toy to play with at home. Our Certified Child Life Specialist, Stephanie Hegel, describes the positive impact Play-Doh® can have on a child’s hospital experience, and why it’s the top item on our Wish List.