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Holiday Drive

As we approach the holidays, the generous spirit of our community shines brightly in support of WakeMed Children’s.  From monetary donations to gifts of toys and books for children hospitalized during the holidays, your contributions ensure patients and families have the resources and services available that promote wellness, comfort and healing.

How Can You Help?

Financial Support

Each year, the WakeMed Foundation works with WakeMed Children’s leadership to identify opportunities for enhanced services and growth that will directly impact patients and families. By making a financial gift to the WakeMed Foundation, you can rest assured that 100 percent of your donation will go directly to help fund these initiatives. 

Make a Financial Gift


Gifts of Toys/Books

For a child, being hospitalized can be as emotionally challenging as it is physical at times.  This is especially true during the holidays.  Gatherings with friends and family are put to the side as health concerns take priority.  By donating a new toy or book during one of our designated collection days, you will help brighten the day of a patient at WakeMed Children’s.  Gifts of toys and books are used throughout the year in pediatric clinical areas to provide entertainment, relaxation, and most importantly, provide a brief distraction that allows a child to be a child.

This year, we’ll be accepting toy donations at the following locations and times. To allow our team to focus on caring for our patients, we ask that you or your organization direct your donations to these designated dates and times.

Donation Locations

Saturday, December 16

WakeMed Children's Hospital (Raleigh Campus)

3000 New Bern Avenue

Main Visitor Entrance Drop Off Circle

10 am to 2 pm

WakeMed North Hospital

10000 Falls of Neuse Road 

Main Visitor Entrance Drop Off Circle

10 am to Noon

WakeMed Cary Hospital

1900 Kildaire Farm Road

Main Visitor Entrance Drop Off Circle

10 am to Noon


Pick Your Donation Location

Please let us know who you are and

where you plan to make your donation.

Toy Donation

WakeMed Children’s Holiday Donation Wish List

Printable Wish List (To Share With Your Friends)

Infant/Toddler Items

  • Pop-Up toys
  • Infant Musical & Light Up Toys by V-tech, Fisher Price, Leap Frog, Playschool
  • Infant Rattles/Teethers- Infant keys, Infantino Go Gaga brand, Rain makers, Oball brand, Fisher Price
  • Interactive Toys by V-tech, Fisher Price, Leap Frog, Playschool
  • Themed toys- Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, Thomas the Train, Disney Princess, Puppy Dog Pals, T.O.T.S.
  • Pull ups (various sizes)
  • Baby wipes
  • Sippy cups

Preschool Items

  • Dramatic Play Toys (doctor kits, tool kits, food play, tea sets, dress up kits)
  • Interactive toys by V-tech, Fisher Price, Leap Frog, Playschool
  • Trucks/Cars
  • Themed toys- PJ Mask, Superheroes, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, Thomas the Train, Disney Princess, Puppy Dog Pals, Bluey, T.O.T.S.
  • Dinosaurs/Animals
  • Little People-People and animals
  • Multicultural Baby Dolls
  • Puzzles (24-100 pieces only please)

School-Age Items

  • Action Figures/Superheroes
  • Dolls/Barbies
  • Hot Wheels/Matchbox Cars
  • Lego Kits- Lego Creator, Lego City, and Lego Friends kits (50-300 pieces Only)
  • Animal Figures/Dinosaurs
  • Princess Figures

Adolescent Items

  • Manicure Sets/Nail polish
  • Nerf balls and basketball hoop set
  • Phone chargers and cubes (iPhone, Android & Type C)
  • Headphones or Earbuds
  • Find-A-Word Books/Word Puzzle Books
  • Journals
  • Colorful Pen Sets 
  • Mandalas Coloring Books

Arts/Crafts Supplies

  • Activity/Coloring Books
  • Activity Sets/Crafts
  • Crayola Grab N Go Kits
  • Crayons, Colored Pencils, Washable Markers
  • Jewelry Making Kits
  • Play-Doh and Play-Doh Toy Sets (Play-Doh Brand Only)


  • Board books and picture books (including multicultural and bilingual books)
  • New Stuffed Animals
  • New Release DVDs (G, PG, or PG 13 Only)
  • Games- These games only please: Uno, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Matching games, Sorry, Trouble, Connect Four, Yahtzee, Apples to Apples, Bananagrams, Clue, Checkers, Guess Who, Exploding Kittens, Apples to Apples, Codenames, Catan, Monopoly Deal, Sequence, Ticket to Ride