In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations given to the Riley Cheer Guild are used within the Toy Room, where over 14,000 items are distributed each month to patients. These items are given as gifts for the patients and families to keep. Toys can help to pass the time or can be used to distract a child during a painful procedure, while blankets can add color and comfort to a hospital room. The Riley Cheer Guild has a wish list of items that are frequently requested by patients. If purchasing toys, we encourage donors to purchase from the wish list. If making handmade items, we encourage donors to call the Riley Cheer Guild to request a pattern of the handmade items we are in need of at the time. For more information, contact the Riley Cheer Guild office at (317) 944-8705.

Due to limited storage space, monetary donations and gift cards are just as significant as the in-kind toy donations for the Toy Room. These donations give us the opportunity to purchase the toys we need at the time we need them.

To see the current Toy Room Wish List, please click on the link below:

Donation Wish List

Delivery Guidelines

When making a donation to the Riley Cheer Guild’s Toy room, please call us in advance of delivery so that we can add you or your organization to our calendar and have preparations made to accept your donation. Our Office number is (317) 944-8705.

To download a Donation Tax Receipt form, please click on the link below:

Download Form

Make Deliveries 5am - 9pm 7 Days Per Week

Simon Family Tower
(North Entrance)
705 Riley Hospital for Children
Indianapolis, IN 46202

When you arrive at the hospital, please let the Information Desk know you have a donation for the Riley Cheer Guild.

Donation Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines and procedures when purchasing and/or referring persons to Riley at IU Health for donations.

  • Safety and infection control standards are priority concerns.
  • Toys must be NEW and clean with no broken or missing pieces.
  • Toys and art supplies need to be non-toxic.
  • No toys or books with button batteries.
  • No used or previously owned stuffed animals can be accepted.
  • Toys made of materials that are easily broken causing possible sharp edges are not appropriate.
  • Please donate toys with few or no loose pieces.
  • Please do not gift wrap any donations.
  • Many of our patients have restricted diets; therefore, food and candy cannot be distributed.
  • No latex balloons are allowed for allergy and safety reasons. Mylar balloons are acceptable.
  • All donations of children’s books, magazines, movies, and library materials may be new or used, but they must not include inappropriate content. Also, magazines may not be older than six months from the publication date.
  • If stored, all donations must have been in areas away from contact with mold, mildew, and cigarette smoke. Items should not be stored in trash bags; however, you may place your donations in them for delivery purposes.
  • Donation forms can be received from a Riley Information Desk at any time. Please complete the donation form in full and be as specific as possible about the items you are donating. The form is carbon copied, so donors can keep a copy for their tax purposes. All money and gift cards should be reflected on the form in addition to toys and handmade items.
  • Donated items may not be distributed to patients by the donor. All donations go through a screening process prior to being available for distribution, then Riley staff will distribute the donated items to patients.

Hand Made Items

Due to Riley Hospital for Children’s continued commitment to patient safety and changes in hospital infection prevention procedures, the Riley Cheer Guild can no longer hand out handmade bedding (quilts and blankets) and clothing items (hats and pinafores) to pediatric patients while they are inpatients.  Contracted hospital linens and clothing are washed, dried, and stored according to specifications which ensure that patients are not exposed to outside organisms which decreases their risk for acquiring an infection while hospitalized.

Patients may receive items at the time of discharge, and Cheer Guild volunteers bag these items and label them:

“This item has been made for you by members of the community for your comfort. Please take this item home, remove it from the bag, and wash before use.  Please support safe sleep for infants up to one year of age by making sure that all items are removed from the child’s bed including blankets, pillows, and toys.”

If you are a CURRENT handmade item donor, we still have a need for some of these items for discharge.  Please email Ann Hannan at ahannan@iuhealth.org to learn our current needs or call (317) 948-3584.

If you are a NEW handmade item donor, please email your contact information to Ann Hannan at ahannan@iuhealth.org or call (317) 948-3584 to receive notification when additional handmade items are needed.

Thanks for your service and for helping to keep our patients safe!

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