CHEO Bear has a very special list of things that children, youth and families need to brighten their time in hospital, and by donating to CHEO Bear’s Wish List, you will truly make a difference.

CHEO and Roger Neilson House are extremely grateful for the community’s generosity during this time of year. As hospitals are a unique environment where some of the most fragile and vulnerable children and youth are cared for – donors cannot distribute gifts directly to departments, patients and families. All gift-in-kind donations must be made to the CHEO Foundation, who will make sure they get into the hands of the people who need them most.


Donation guidelines:

To protect our patients’ safety and privacy and respect infection control best practices, the following guidelines are in place.

All items must be NEW and in the original packaging. Even gently used items cannot be accepted. Please do not wrap gifts (holiday bags and stockings are ok) as volunteers and staff must be able to see the items to ensure they are appropriate for children and families.


CHEO cannot accept the following items:

  • Scented products
  • Live plants or flowers
  • Violent content (movies, games, etc.)
  • Violent toys (guns, etc.)
  • Food
  • Toys that make sparks
  • Latex or items containing latex
  • Used items or gently used items


Popular toys/brands/themes: Play kitchen dishes and food, medical play sets, magnetic easel, train sets, trucks, planes, dinosaurs, Legos, Hot Wheels, Matchbox cars, Paw Patrol themed items, Barbies, play dolls (feed and talk), Duplo blocks, barnyard and zoo animals, Bright Starts brand (Baby Learn and Giggle Fish/ Oball Bead Chaser), Leapfrog items, Action figures, LOL dolls, Push Around Buggy, Elf-On-A-Shelf

Popular games: Apples to Apples, Catan, COUP, Scrabble, Clue, 5 Second Rule, Sequence, Yahtzee, It’s in the Bag, Connect 4, Candyland, Monopoly, Sorry, Blokus, Snakes and Ladders, Othello, SkipBo, Chess, Game of Life.

Books: Board books with texture and sound, Arabic books, French books and Inuktitut books, I Spy books, fiction and non-fiction for all ages.

Distraction Tools: Play jewellery, movies, journals, children’s and adult coloring books, puzzles, word search books, Perler Beads, TY beanie boos, stress balls (no latex), fidget spinners, light spinners, texture balls, shake and spin activity balls, black/white/red infant toys.

Arts and Crafts Supplies: Craft kits, Playdoh, modelling clay, construction paper, scrapbook paper, origami paper/books, craft felt, Velcro, plastic table cloths, post-it flags, water colour paper, acrylic paints, paint brushes, small canvasses (no wooden parts), pastels, markers, pencil crayons and crayons (no more than 8 packs), pencil cases, stickers, sticker letters, glitter, self-stick foam, mason jars, wooden crafts, birdhouse and treasure boxes.

Personal Items: Sunglasses (various styles/sizes), single bed sheets in fun patterns, wet wipes, hairbrushes and toothbrushes, pyjama bottoms (with no strings), underwear (all sizes), infant clothing, tights, T-shirts, footwear (all sizes, no strings, sandals and crocs are best), deodorant, personal-size shampoo (No More Tangles is a favorite brand) and soaps, cotton socks and slippers (no slip/gripper for safety), hair elastics, nail polish, lip balms.

Electronics: Walkie talkies, headphones, ear buds, LCD/LED projector, timers, calculators, MP3 players, iPads, laptops speakers, USB keys, colour printer, mini speakers, personal radios, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games (E for everyone, Sports, Minecraft and Lego), PlayStation 4 and E games, Xbox 360 wireless and wired controllers, portable DVD players, laptop.

Gaming units: Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Wii.

Physical and gross-motor activities for indoors: Basketball nets, hockey nets, bowling, Velcro darts.

For our tiny patients: Infant swings and swing covers, crib mobiles, bottle warmers, newborn clothing and receiving blankets, pacifiers that have stuffed animals attached (Wubbanub).

For our Youth population: Clothing (or gift cards for clothing), graphic novels, early teen books, gift cards (listed below), Soduku, sketch pads, bean bag chairs, motivational posters.

Winter items: Warm blankets, winter coats (various sizes), hats, mittens and gloves.

Christmas themed items for hospital units: Tabletop tree with decorations and lights (battery operated not plug-ins), string of lights for windows, window stickers, tinsel garland, stockings.

Food items (no other types of food are allowed): Packaged baking mixes (that don’t require eggs), herbal tea, Keurig coffee pods.

Gift Cards and passes (denominations from $10 to $50 only please): Mall gift cards (St-Laurent, Bayshore, etc.), CHEO Cafeteria, CHEO Oasis Café, gas, groceries, restaurants, movies or phone calls, HMV, Dollar Store, Giant Tiger, Walmart, Winners, Chapters, Indigo, Shoppers Drug Mart, Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Michaels, Toys R Us, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, Staples, Costco, Museums, Bus tickets.


We thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of the children and youth at CHEO and Roger Neilson House during this special time of year!

 If you have any questions or wish to coordinate drop-off of items, please email [email protected].

 Our office hours are from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Upcoming CHEO Events

There are so many different events that happen in support of CHEO and for that we are most grateful. Please check out our special events calendar so you can join us and help make a difference. Feel free to become involved as a volunteer or organize your own event.