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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

Dr. Bear's Closet

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. At this time, we are able to accept donations via our Amazon Wish List or via mail only. Please review our Donation Guidelines and Wish List below for more information.

COVID-19 Critical Supplies

We have received a tremendous amount of support and interest from individuals and companies asking to donate critical supplies to our system. Learn more about how you can support our team through supply donation and/or a monetary gift to support our ongoing needs to respond to the public health emergency impacting our community.

Donation Guidelines 

  • Thanksgiving Amazon Wish List 
    Join Volunteer Services in supporting patients and families this holiday! This year, gift bags filled with grocery store gift cards, winter clothing, comfort items and toys will be provided to 35 families in need this Thanksgiving. Donate through our online Amazon Wish List by November 1st to help generously fill each family’s bag and provide much needed, impactful support!  
  • Online Donations – Amazon Wish List
    You can also donate toys and games directly to Dr. Bear’s Closet through our online Amazon Wish List! Items will be directly shipped to the Volunteer Services team and utilized throughout the year.
  • 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 Medical Center" and write "Dr. Bear’s Closet" in the memo, or donate online.

Wish List (All items must be brand new)

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
  • Stress balls
  • DVDs
  • Books
  • Stickers

Amazon Wish List

Items that we cannot accept

  • Used items or books
  • Homemade knit or fleece blankets
  • Homemade knit hats
  • 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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