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Dr. Bear's Closet

Children's National Hospital volunteers pose in front of a Christmas tree

Children’s National Hospital accepts brand new toys, books, clothing and gift cards for Dr. Bear’s Closet. These donations are given to patients and family members during their hospital visit to provide comfort, offer distractions and to normalize the hospital setting.

This holiday season, we are able to accept donations daily, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. The last day to donate items for the holidays is Fri., Dec. 20. Thank you in advance for your donation!

Please review our Holiday Wish List and Guidelines below:

Holiday Donation Guidelines

  • Scheduling Your Donation
    Please call us at 202-476-2062 or email us least one week prior to your desired donation date to confirm a drop-off day and time (please note the available donation acceptance windows listed above). Due to confidentiality and infection control reasons, donors are not able to deliver gifts directly to patients.
  • Drop-Off Location and Directions
    Donations can be dropped off in person at our Holiday Workshop at our main campus: 111 Michigan Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010. When you arrive, please proceed down the parking garage ramp and follow signs to enter the “Drop Off” zone on the left. You are able to temporarily leave your car parked in this area while you make your donation. Follow the signs for holiday donations and you will be able to drop off your donation in our Holiday Workshop right there on the P1 level of the garage!
  • Online Donations – Amazon Wish List
    You can also donate toys and games directly to Dr. Bear’s Closet through our online Amazon Holiday Wish List! Items will be directly shipped to the Volunteer Services team and utilized for the holiday season.
  • Mailing Donations
    Items purchased from our Wish List can also be shipped via mail directly to the Volunteer Services office: 111 Michigan Avenue NW, Suite 1180, Washington, DC 20010.
  • Monetary Donations
    Making a monetary donation to Dr. Bear’s Closet allows us to purchase highly requested items for our patients. Please make checks payable to "Children’s National Hospital/Dr. Bear’s Closet," or donate online.

Holiday Wish List (All items must be brand new – please do not gift wrap!)

Infant (Popular brands: Fisher Price, VTech, Baby Einstein, Sassy, OBall, Leapfrog, Infantino, Nurture Smart)

  • Wubbanubs (pacifiers)
  • Teething rings/toys
  • Activity centers/gyms
  • Playmats
  • Plastic crib mobiles/soothers/musical centers
  • Rattles
  • Shape sorter and stacking toys
  • Sound machines
  • Swaddles/muslin blankets
  • Musical/light up toys
  • Board Books

Toddler (Popular brands: Fisher Price, VTech, Leapfrog, Little Tikes, MEGA Bloks, DUPLO)

  • Little People figures and playsets
  • Building blocks (MEGA, DUPLO, wooden)
  • Shape sorter and stacking toys
  • Walker/Ride on
  • Musical/light up toys
  • Bubbles
  • Interactive Books (Touch & Feel, Pop-Up, Musical)

Preschool Age (Popular brands: Melissa and Doug, Disney, Little Tikes, Leapfrog, HotWheels, Tonka)

  • Baby dolls/Barbies (of all skin tones) and accessories
  • Action figures
  • Building blocks (DUPLO, magnetic)
  • Dress up/pretend play sets
  • Animal/dinosaur figurines
  • Bubbles
  • Playdoh and tools
  • Plastic cars/trucks/trains
  • HotWheels /Matchbox cars and tracks
  • Doc McStuffins, Paw Patrol and PJ Masks toys
  • Interactive books

School Age (Popular brands: Lego, Hatchimals, Minecraft, American Girl, Marvel, HotWheels, Star Wars)

  • Action figures
  • Art/craft kits
  • Barbies (of all skin tones) and accessories
  • Large Dolls (American Girl style)
  • LOL Dolls
  • Building blocks (Lego sets, Kinect)
  • Remote control cars
  • Hair/nail accessories
  • Science/slime kits
  • Playdoh/Model Magic
  • HotWheels /Matchbox cars and tracks
  • Books

Adolescent/Teen (Popular brands: Apple, Xbox, Beats)

  • Headphones/AirPods
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Athletic equipment
  • Intricate art kits and sketchbooks
  • Remote control cars
  • Hair/Makeup/Nail accessories
  • DVDs and books
  • Gift cards (Target/Amazon/iTunes/Visa/Mastercard)
  • Portable DVD players
  • Ipads/tablets
  • Game systems and games (Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch)

General items for all ages

  • Coloring books and art/craft kits
  • Coloring utensils (crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint)
  • UNO cards and playing cards
  • Board games (Connect 4, Monopoly, Sorry, Trouble, Chutes and Ladders, Life, Jenga, Guess Who)
  • Puzzles
  • Stuffed animals and Pillow Pals
  • Blankets
  • Stress balls
  • DVDs
  • Books
  • Stickers

Amazon Wish List

Items that we cannot accept

  • Used items or books
  • Items that are gift-wrapped (all items need to be checked for appropriateness before giving to a patient)
  • Items that have been exposed to smoke or other strong scents
  • Latex balloons or anything containing latex
  • Beanie Babies
  • Breakable items, porcelain, glass, handmade wooden toys or collectible items
  • Food/candy/formula
  • Get-well cards (cards must be void of religious, political, and violent content and should avoid terms like get well or feel better — instead use terms like “Sending you Smiles” or “You Rock”)
  • Medical equipment
  • Stuffed toys more than 18 inches tall
  • Toys, books, or movies with sensitive issues (e.g. violence, politics, holidays, religion, death, divorce, weapons, etc.)

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