Donate

Your gifts make our patients smile!

Donate a Wish List item

We appreciate your interest in donating items to our hospital to help make patients feel better. While financial gifts are the best way to support our hospital and patients and provides the most flexibility, we accept donated items on our Wish List.

Before you decide on your gifts we encourage you to contact Jesse Borden at jesse@ghrf.ca, in case the need has already been met.

We also ask that you keep the following in mind:

  • We can only accept brand new items or handmade items with new material, unless otherwise noted.
  • To protect patients’ privacy and safety, we ask that you contact us to arrange for delivery.
  • We do not issue tax receipts for Wish List items.

Donations will be accepted during 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m from Monday to Friday. You can drop off items at 40 Green Street, Kitchener ON.

If needed, please contact us to arrange a time that works best for you.

Please note we are unable to accept the following:

  • Toy kitchen or play sets
  • Food products or beverages due to dietary restrictions, including candy
  • Used medical equipment
  • Anything portraying violence or offensive language

If you’re looking to donate items not on the Wish List, please contact Jesse Borden at jesse@grhf.ca


Wish List

Children and youth

While we appreciate all the stuffed animals received, please see below for other items that are needed:

  • “Smilemaker” medical grade stickers for boys and girls to cover ports and needle marks (preferably in rolls) – smilemaker.ca
  • Books (activity, colouring and reading)
  • Crayons, pencil crayons and markers
  • Bubbles, Crayola Model Magic and Hasbro Play-Doh (must be Play-Doh brand)
  • Craft kits
  • Board games suitable for children
  • New small to medium-sized stuffed animals
  • Tactile and fidget toys
  • Pocket-sized toys
  • Lego and Lego Kits
  • Distraction items (light up sound toys, spinners and vibration toys, etc.)
  • Brain challenge puzzles/games
  • Bouncers with attached toys
  • Highchairs that are plastic, easy to fold and can be wiped clean (not wooded)
  • Mobiles for cribs – nurturesmart.org
Department needs
  • Gift cards for emergency needs (Amazon, Walmart, Toys R Us, Michael’s or Dollarama etc.)

Adults

  • Gift cards (e.g. Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Walmart, etc.)
  • Activity books (e.g. crossword puzzles, Sudoku or word searches)
  • Items for hygiene kits:
    • Small sized toiletries
    • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
    • Packaged soap
  • Small sized comfort quilts and pillows
  • New men’s and women’s adult socks with grips
  • Individually wrapped cookies
  • Diabetic/regular mints
  • Uplifting DVDs or CD’s

Newborns

  • Infant onesies without hands and feet in preemie or newborn sizes (new or gently used)
  • Receiving blankets
  •  Discharge kits or items for new families:
    • Size one diapers and baby wipes
    • Newborn hats, blankets and clothing

Children's mental health program

  • Gift cards for teenager patients (Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, etc.)
  • Books (activity, colouring and reading)
  • Markers/crayons
  • Notebooks without wire bindings
  • Blankets
  • Stuffed animals
  • Play-Doh
  • iPads, laptops and/or headphones
  • Items to support music therapy programs
    • USB drives
    • Portable speakers
    • Guitar, ukulele, small djembe, and/or cabasa

Adult mental health program

  • Small quilts for patients’ comfort
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps and deodorant)
  •  Entertainment items
  • TVs for lounge areas
  •  Video games (console and games)
  •  DVDs and DVD player
  •  Music players and headphones
  • Gift cards (Walmart, Amazon, Tim Horton’s etc.)
  • Hats, mitts, new socks and undergarments

Music therapy programs are in need of:

  • Wooden xylophone
  • Crash cymbal and stand
  • Guitar, Ukulele, Small djembe, and/or cabasa
  • USB drives
  • Portable speakers

Day surgery

  • Markers/crayons
  • Books (activity, colouring and reading)
  • Stuffed animals or smaller new toys (without small lose pieces)
  • TV for waiting room

Cancer centre

  • Gift cards (e.g. Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Subway, etc.)
  • Knitted hats, blankets and pillows
  • Activity books (e.g. crossword puzzles, Sudoku or word searches)

Fracture clinic

  • Smaller toys (without small loose pieces)
  • Books (activity, colouring and reading)
  • Markers/crayons

Emergency

Often people seen in emergency do not bring extra clothing, or are released without a place to call home.

• Men and women footwear (new or used)
• Warm winter items, particularly hats and gloves for adults (new or used)
• Gender-neutral clothing (sweaters, sweatpants, t-shirts etc.)
• New socks and undergarments (men and women)
• Grocery store or fast food gift cards
• City transit passes (Bus and ION)

Renal/dialysis

  • TVs for patients on dialysis (call us for specifications on TVs)
  • Small comfort blankets
  • Knitted hats
  • Gift cards (e.g. Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Walmart, etc.)
  • Activity books (e.g. crossword puzzles, Sudoku or word searches)

Technology

  • Tablets/laptops
  • Tablet case
  • Gaming consoles and compatible games (newer generations if possible)
  • Portable DVD players
  • New release DVD’s
  • Gift cards (iTunes or Google Play, EB Games, etc.)

Thank you for your donation!