Toy Closet Program

Childhood is fragile and a hospital stay can be scary and lonely. The Toy Closet Program is dedicated to helping. We provide toys to pediatric patients receiving care throughout Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. Toys are given out 365 days a year. Our goal is to help provide kids with comfort, enjoyment and a reason to be happy. This personal and individual attention is an important part of a child’s experience at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.

Toy Closet Program

The program was started in 1993 by News 8 anchor Ann Nyberg and the support of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, led by Marjan Wackers. Since then, the program has proven to be an enduring success. It has wide-ranging support from the hospital staff and the generosity of civic and service organizations, school and university groups, local businesses and benefits from numerous individual and family donations.

Toy Donation Suggestions

To help make sure there’s a toy for every age, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions. Of course we appreciate all toy donations and are grateful for your help.

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Toy Safety Guidelines

We appreciate all toy donations but request that the toy safety guidelines are followed to ensure the safety of our pediatric patients.

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Donate to the Toy Closet Program

We give out toys to pediatric patients 365 days a year. Your donations make that possible. We’d like to thank you for your generosity.

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How You Can Help

The success of our program is not just based on the donations we receive, but on the dedication of our volunteers. Click the link to sign up to become a volunteer for this incredible cause.

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