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Donations of gifts and time

On behalf of McMaster Children’s Hospital, we thank you for thinking of our patients and families!

Patient Wish List: Our Wish List highlights a variety of items that we would appreciate in whatever volume you choose. All donations make a difference!

Donation Guidelines: For safety reasons, we have guidelines around what donations we are able to accept into the hospital.  Donations that meet our Donation Guidelines can be delivered by mail (please see address below) or dropped off to McMaster Children’s Hospital.

All holiday donations must be dropped off before December 17 in order for them to be included in Christmas gifts.

Events and Entertainment: If you are interested in proposing an event or entertainment idea, please read our Events and Entertainment Guidelines.

Volunteering: In accordance with our hospital policies on privacy, confidentiality and infection control, we cannot allow guests to volunteer on a one-time basis for events, holidays or to lead programming sessions such as crafts, board games or story-time. If you are interested in volunteering with our patients on a consistent, long-term basis, please visit the Volunteer Resources webpage to apply to become a volunteer online.


Our delivery address is:

Attn: Child Life – 3D16
McMaster Children’s Hospital
1200 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
L8N 3Z5

The staff at the Information Desk in our main lobby, on the 2nd floor via elevator access, will be happy to accept your donation between the hours of:

Monday 8am – 8pm
Tuesday 8am – 4pm
Wednesday 8am – 8pm
Thursday 8am – 4pm
Friday 8am – 8pm
Saturday 9am – 3pm

This desk may not be staffed at the time of your drop off, so please leave your items on the desk and security will ensure it is kept safe until the Information Desk or Child Life staff can pick it up. If this happens, please make sure to leave your mailing address with your donation so we can send you personalized thank you letter on behalf of the hospital.

Occasionally, if Child Life staff are not tending to patient care, they may be able to meet with you to accept a donation. Please call the Child Life office at 905.521.2100 extension 76129 or email to arrange a drop off ahead of time.