Donations to UVA Hospital Patients

Thank you for thinking of us as you consider where to donate your gifts.

The Volunteer Services office coordinates all donations of toys, crafts, cards and other items. 

Call ahead to confirm need and drop-off options.

Patient Wish List

Adult patients often ask for:

  • Coloring pages and books 
  • Word search and crossword books
  • Colored pencils
  • Sharpeners
  • Non-toxic crayons
  • Playing cards
  • Journals
  • Slipper socks
  • Personal hand sanitizer

Acceptable Condition of Donated Items

To protect our patient’s privacy and prevent the spread of infection, we ask that you follow these guidelines when donating items to the hospital. 

We require all items to be:

  • New and unused
  • Free of latex
  • Unbreakable, with the exception of flower vases, etc.
  • Not promoting of violence or religion
  • Unwrapped 

Books and magazines may be new or gently used and in good condition. Magazines shouldn't be older than six months.

We’ll give away or discard donations not meeting these guidelines. 

    Guidelines for Crafters

    Handmade items from fibers, such as knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, felting, etc., need to be:

    • Newly-made
    • From a smoke-free environment
    • Free of allergens, such as dog or cat fur
    • Created with good hand hygiene, when you’re well, so as not to spread germs
    • Packaged in zippered plastic, when possible

    For hats, baby caps (12” circumference), shawls, lap blankets (38” x 42” long), etc, use soft fibers.

    Guidelines for Greeting Cards

    We appreciate creative, heartfelt get-well wishes.

    Simple, generic messages work best, such as:

    • Thinking of you
    • Wishing you well
    • I’m cheering for you
    • Holiday greetings

    Cards should:

    • Keep messages politically and religiously neutral
    • Use non-toxic glue or paint material
    • No glitter
    • Avoid small, removable embellishments
    • Include only the first name of the author or a group name

    Gifts of Money

    Monetary donations may be made: