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. Games, art materials, books, movies, and music can add opportunities for children to learn, play, and grow as they spend time in their 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. 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:
When making a donation to the Riley Cheer Guild’s Toy room, please call if you need special assistance due to the size or nature of your donation 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:
Simon Family Tower
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.
Please follow these guidelines and procedures when purchasing and/or referring persons to Riley at IU Health for donations.
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 donor of handmade items, please contact Ann Hannan at RileyCheerGuild@iuhealth.org to be placed on a waiting list for needed items.
Thanks for your service and for helping to keep our patients safe!
We all enjoy receiving mail, right? Especially if it is a brightly colored, handmade card, with sweet sentiments. At Riley Hospital for Children, we are not able to hand out cards to patients directly for several reasons including:
If you have any questions about this shift in supporting patients and families, please feel free to reach out to us directly at (317) 944-8705, and thanks for always helping us to put our patients and families first! Please continue to share cards with your local community centers, churches, long term care facilities, and daycare centers. You will be spreading comfort to your entire community!