Founded in 1993 by Ann Nyberg, WTNH News 8 anchorwoman, the Toy Closet helps insure that pediatric patients come away from their hospitalization with a pleasant memory. In addition, the toys serve as gifts for special occasions such as birthdays and holiday celebrations for hospitalized children.
Toys, gifts and financial contributions are needed throughout the year. The success of the Toy Closet program is directly related to community involvement. The Auxiliary encourages schools, organizations and businesses to make the program the recipient of their community-minded efforts.
Toy and Gift Suggestions
*Developmentally appropriate, new and unwrapped toys and gifts only, please.
Sporting goods"Wow! This is cool! Where did all these toys come from? Can I really take one?"
- A seven-year-old patient upon opening the Toy Closet during his stay at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital
School-age children (Age 4-12)
Cars & trucks
Infants and toddlers (Newborn-Age 3)
Teethers & bibs
*Gently used toys and plush cannot be accepted due to infection control policies.
We also welcome donations in honor and remembrance of loved ones.
Mail correspondence, monetary donations and gifts to:
Toy Closet Program
Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary
20 York St.
New Haven, CT 06510-3202
Delivery of donated new, unwrapped toys are accepted by calling the Auxiliary office. Larger donations are now received at an alternate location.
For more information, please call us at 203.688.5717 or email us