In-Kind Donations

How you can help?

WakeMed welcomes your help in keeping patients and their families as comfortable as possible during their hospitalization.  The following is a list of items that are always needed.  These items are used to make the stay of a patient less stressful and more comforting.  Thank you for your support. 

A few things to consider before donating?

  • All items donated must be new
  • We cannot accept food items, used stuffed animals or religious affiliated material or items with religious references/messages and items with advertisement.
  • Items may not be placed in paper bags, Ziploc bags or wrapped in ribbon.
  • All donations should be approved and pre-arranged.  Please call to discuss options: Cary Hospital:  919-350-2363 or Raleigh Campus:  919-350-8293
  • Dropping Off Your Donation: Donations can be delivered to Volunteer Services Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.
  • Please note: Holiday donations are accepted at designated times and locations. Holiday donation drop off dates and times are posted in November on this web page.
  • Special Visitors: The Child Life program schedules all special visitors, including hospital staff that want to come to the pediatric unit. Please contact 919-350-8832 to learn more about special visitor rules. In December, Special Visitors will not be scheduled during the week prior to December 25th in order to prepare for holiday events on the unit.

Thank you for your support. We could not do what we do without such a giving community!


Most Needed Items 

  • Children Books all ages (English & Spanish)
  • Board Books infant/toddler (English & Spanish)
  • Phone chargers (IPhone & Android)
  • Playing cards
  • Preschool/School age child underwear
  • Reading glasses
  • Toiletries (travel size)
  • Underwear in variety of sizes
  • Eye Masks
  • Ear Buds
  • Chapstick

Infant Items

  • Board books (English & Spanish)
  • Bouncy seats / swings
  • Busy box / music box crib toys
  • Infant clothes / diapers
  • Infant toys by V-tech, Fisher Price
  • Musical & light up toys
  • Pacifiers, sippy cups, plastic baby bottles
  • Washable rattles/teethers

Toddler and Preschool Items

  • Board games and Board books
  • Dramatic play toys (doctor kits, took kits)
  • Duplo Blocks
  • Interactive toys by V-tech, Fisher Price, Leap Frog, Playschool
  • Light up / musical toys
  • Little People play sets
  • Pop up toys
  • Push / pull toys
  • Tonka cars / trucks
  • Underwear in variety of sizes

School Age Items

  • Action figures / superheroes
  • Bubbles (wedding sized)
  • Children’s books (6 months – 5 years of age)
  • Dolls / Barbie’s
  • Hot Wheels / Matchbox cars
  • Legos sets
  • Magna Doodles
  • Nerf balls (no guns, please)
  • Princess figures
  • Remote control cars
  • Shopkins
  • Underwear variety of sizes

Adolescent Items

  • Advance model / craft kits
  • Body wash / lotion
  • Hand held electronic games
  • Jewelry / watches
  • Lip gloss / chapstick
  • Makeup
  • Manicure set / nail polish
  • Popular novels
  • Sports balls

Adult Items

  • Body wash / lotion
  • Books – paperbacks are preferred (romance, mystery, westerns)
  • Combs
  • Shampoo / conditioner (travel size)
  • Deodorant (travel size)
  • Magazines – must be within the past 3 months  
  • Playing cards
  • Razor (male / female)
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Eye Masks
  • Reading glasses
  • Shaving cream (travel size)
  • Small hairbrush
  • Spanish magazines
  • Toothbrush / toothpaste

Arts / Crafts Supplies

  • Activity / coloring books
  • Activity sets / crafts
  • Crayons, colored pencils, washable markers, washable crayons
  • Find-A-Word books
  • Jewelry kits
  • Journals
  • Mandalas coloring books
  • Pens / pencils
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Playdoh (playdough brand only)
  • Puzzles (24-100 pieces)
  • Stickers / sticker books
  • Washable paints and brushes
  • Word puzzle books

Miscellaneous

  • Board / card games (Uno, Sorry, Trouble)
  • Boy / girl t-shirts, underwear & socks (for all ages)
  • Gift cards (ITunes / Amazon)
  • New release DVD's (G, PG or PG 13)
  • New release games for Nintendo DS, XBOX 360 (nonviolent)
  • Phone chargers (iPhone & Android)
  • Portable DVD players
  • Themed toys (Frozen, Doc McStuffins, Super Hero, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, Thomas the Train, Disney Princess)
  • Video games rated E or T, non-violent.  (PlayStation 4, Wii)