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U of I Childrens Hospital Wish List

The items listed below are those that are most often requested by our patients and their families. You can help us restock our gift closets and pantry cupboards by donating the following items:

  • Building sets (Legos, Trio, Bionicles)
  • Character toys (Dora, Disney, Spiderman, Batman, etc.)
  • Children’s games, books and movies
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Color Wonder sets
  • Craft projects: needlework and beading
  • Dry erase crayons/boards
  • Games, toys, books, movies (ages from toddler to teenager)
  • Gift cards (popular stores; restaurant chains; iTunes)
  • Hair paint and other ornamentation
  • Halo Swaddle Sleepers
  • Hand-held games
  • Hawkeye apparel and logo items
  • Holiday wrapping supplies: paper, gift tags, tape, gift bags
  • Individual craft kits
  • Individual microwavable meals (Easy Mac, Soup at Hand, Ramen noodles)
  • Individual snacks (drink boxes, granola bars, cracker packs, cereal, fruit cups, apple sauce, peanut butter, Pop Tarts, microwavable popcorn, pudding)
  • Infant clothing preemie sizes or 0-3 months
  • Java House gift cards (Java House is an Iowa City coffee shop with locations in UI Hospitals and Clinics)
  • Magic markers
  • Model cars and trucks
  • Model magic and model magic craft sets
  • Musical, light-up toddler toys
  • My Little Pony items
  • New children’s clothing: sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts and underwear
  • No-sew fleece blanket kits
  • Personal hygiene supplies (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, razors, body wash, razors, etc.)
  • Pre-paid phone calling cards
  • Pre-paid gasoline cards
  • Pre-paid vouchers for UI Hospitals and Clinics parking ramps
  • Polly Pockets
  • Rubber stamps and pink pads
  • Scrapbooking materials
  • Silicone bracelets with inspirational words or sports teams
  • Small sewing kits
  • Stickers
  • Squinkies
  • Teen games
  • Video games (Wii, DS, PlayStation 2/3, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy, etc.)
  • ZhuZhu Pets (boy and girl)

NOTE: Due to infection control guidelines, we cannot accept stuffed animals or Beanie Babies.

Please do not wrap the gifts. Gifts must be unwrapped for safety reasons and so that our Child Life staff gives the appropriate gifts to the appropriate patients. Thanks!

All listed items may be shipped to:

UI Children’s Hospital Wish List Items
c/o UI Health Care Marketing and Communications
4144 Westlawn
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1101

Or, they may be dropped off in person:

Please call 319-384-1745
or e-mail:
to discuss drop-off arrangements.


Not too bad….


That’s what 978 dollars and some change worth of toys looks like. Not too shabby. Big and little gifts for about 80 local kids. What it really took was setting up a Facebook event asking people to make a conscious effort to give back. The funny part is only 10 people showed up. The generosity of 10 people and Target made the holidays brighter for 80 Quad City children. What if 100 show up to the next one? What can you accomplish in your area? It isn’t us that loses out, get off the couch and get involved!


Well, today’s …

Well, today’s the day. It is of course raining, It doesn’t deter the postal service, and it sure isn’t going to stop us. My efforts to secure a cube truck or a rental van were pretty much in vain, so I’m taking my truck. Hoping to pack it so full that I’ve only got room to drive. I’ll be posting some pictures, and stuff once we get done, and maybe a few here and there throughout the day. LETS DO THIS!

6 days

Well, the first ever TOT MOB anywhere is approaching fast. This Saturday the 26th of November a bunch of locals are meeting up at a Target store with the intention of buying up a ton of toys – with our local Toys For Tots as the benefactor. I’d like to see atleast 50 people show up for this just to show that even in small numbers a lot of good can be accomplished if you just give people a goal and a date. Is it gonna happen? God, I hope so. It isn’t me that loses out if it doesn’t.

I’d like to see 4 other people from outside of this area set one up by the end of November. You don’t have to be anyone special to do it, you just have to care.

Thank you!

Pretty awesome to me that you stopped by, means I’m getting something accomplished. More content to come as I get time, for now we’re also on Facebook at and on twitter @totmobforkids.