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Frequently Asked Questions for Donating

Can my group bring our donations in and distribute them to the patients in the hospital?

We apologize, but due to our privacy and infection control policies, donations are processed through Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation. The Child Life Department will distribute the donations to the patients.

Can we donate stuffed animals?

Due to infection control and patient safety, we can only accept NEW stuffed toys. We cannot accept stuffed animals that have been played with or have been a collector’s item on display or on a shelf at home.

Can I donate books?

We can accept NEW books. They will be distributed by our teachers in the Shining Star school.

Can I bring food and candy or baked goods to patients?

We are unable to accept food or candy donations due to the restricted diets and food allergies of the patients.

Can my group make homemade items and donate them to Cardinal Glennon?

With regard to home-crafted items we are unable to accept homemade cards. We ARE able to accept pillowcases and fleece blankets with the stipulation they MUST be made of brand new fabric, freshly laundered in non-allergenic detergent and individually wrapped prior to being delivered to the hospital. We are unable to accept crocheted or knit items as well. Any item with any type of odor such as smoke or pet will not be accepted.

Can we donate children’s clothing?

Children’s clothes are acceptable with the stipulation they MUST be brand new and odor free with the tags intact. 

How many gifts do I need to bring?

We will gladly accept donations of all sizes. We combine all of our donations so all of the patients receive the same quantity.

Can I dress up as a holiday character and visit patients?

Not at this time. We currently have volunteers who have passed the mandatory hospital background checks and training who graciously help us with our holiday needs.

Can my group or I come sing or do a performance?

Group visits are decided on an individual basis, please contact Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation at 314-577-5605 or

Do you accept gift cards?

Yes! We accept donations of gift cards to help families and patients at the hospital. For a list of suggestions, please see our wish list by clicking on "What we Need Now" in the right-side menu.

What if I have a large donation?

Please contact:

Ryan Jennings - Community Outreach Coordinator
3800 Park Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110

May I donate sporting or other event tickets to the patients and families?

We welcome ticket donations. Due to patient confidentiality, the Child Life Department will distribute the tickets.

Can I order online and have it delivered to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon?

Yes! We have a wish list on Amazon. Please click on the "Amazon Wish List" link in the right-side menu.

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What Child Life Needs Now
What is Child Life?
Toy Donation Frequently Asked Questions
Amazon Wish List
Amazon Smile Link
Donation Form PDF Download