Toy Donations & Volunteering
We appreciate your interest in supporting the children at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. We are grateful for toy donations and other goods as they help us to provide a warm and welcoming environment to our patients and families. Donations also help us provide therapeutic activities and programming throughout the year.
Due to the changing and complex health care needs of our patients, we will no longer be able to accept large, general toy drive donations. Items on our Amazon Gift Registry are safe and approved, and can be quickly put to use with patients. Please use the Amazon Gift Registry address to ship your gifts directly to BBCH. You may also shop locally with our friends at:
- Treehouse Toys (Portland, ME)
- Diversions Puzzles & Games (Portland, ME; Portsmouth and Somersworth, NH)
- Island Treasure Toys (Bath, Freeport, Kennebunkport, Yarmouth)
These local partners will have BBCH “wish lists” available in the stores, and you may purchase items for BBCH and leave it with the store. BBCH will coordinate with each of these local partners to pick-up all donations.
We understand that some groups enjoy being able to meet BBCH hospital staff and present donations in person. We will accept small donations of items from the Amazon Gift Registry. Please contact us 207-662-2424 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your in-person donation drop-off in advance.
We appreciate the support of individuals and groups who want to make larger donations or hold toy drives on our behalf. While we cannot accept large deliveries in-person, we kindly suggest:
- Purchasing items from the Amazon Gift Registry and shipping most directly to BBCH, but saving a few items to deliver in-person.
- Purchasing a few items from the Amazon Gift Registry, and then collecting or making a monetary gift that can be used to meet the most urgent needs of our patients. We even have a “big fake check” available for photos with donors and BBCH staff.
- Planning a local shopping trip to Treehouse Toys and/or Diversions Puzzles & Games. Please leave your purchased donations at the store for delivery to BBCH.
- Use our easy "plan your own fundraiser" tool to create a custom BBCH fundraising campaign page with your group's own text and photos.
- Our philanthropy team is available to meet in-person and symbolically accept your “big fake check” donation.
For a list of our most wished-for items, please shop using our Amazon Gift Registry or visit one of our local partners: Treehouse Toys and Diversions Puzzles & Games. Select our Amazon Gift Registry address to have items shipped directly to the hospital, or leave them with our local partners after purchase.
Due to COVID-19, we are temporarily suspending on-boarding of new adult volunteers. A volunteer application link will be posted to the Maine Medical Center volunteers page when we resume normal operations.