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Donations and Support

Thank you in advance for thinking of the patients and families being treated at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital! We rely on the generosity of community members like you to help bring cheer to our patients during their stay.

Wish Lists

Our Child Life Specialists have prepared a list of our patients' most needed and requested items.

Book & Media Donations

We accept new: board books, picture books, junior level, and young adult books.

Electronic media donations must be in good condition and we welcome movies rated G, PG, PG-13. PlayStation 4 games can be rated E, E10+, Teen. We will also accept PlayStation 4 controllers.

Please note, donations must meet a few safety guidelines

Due to safety and infection control guidelines we cannot accept the following items:

  • Used items of any kind, including: fabric dolls, stuffed animals, games, books, and puzzles
  • Handmaid or homemade items: food, blankets, pillows, and toys
  • Toys that have not been played with but have been on display or stored on shelves at home
  • Items that are not in original manufacturer's packaging or do not have original manufactures tags
  • Non-Crayola brand crayons
  • Materials with a religious theme
  • Gift wrapped items

Drop off Instructions

We understand that many of our donors would like to personally give their donations to our patients. However, in order to maintain patient safety and protect privacy, donors cannot meet with patients to personally distribute items.

When you are ready to drop off your donation you can bring them to the Main Desk of the children’s hospital. Simply pull into the circle located at One Children’s Circle, Syracuse, NY 13210 off of Irving Avenue. ( Google Maps )

Donations can be brought to the information desk during the following times:

  • 7:00 am – 6:30 pm Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays

Please fill out a donation slip (available in person at the information desk and here) when you bring your donation.

No time to shop? No problem.

Monetary gifts are a great way to support hospitalized children and families year round by providing clinical research, specialized equipment, and gas and meal gift cards. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through the Upstate Foundation

If you have any questions regarding donations or the drop off process please contact Jenny Dickinson at 315 464-9330 or dickinsj@upstate.edu

Note: Donations may be shared with pediatric patients who are treated in our clinics. Donations that cannot be distributed to hospitalized children due to infection control, safety guidelines, or space issues will be given to organizations in the community that serve children and families like those served at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.

Note: Not all items donated to the Family Resource Center will make it into the circulating library collection. Any items that do not become part of our circulating collection will be donated to families to help build home libraries.