If you want to spread holiday cheer while helping children in need, hosting a toy drive is a fantastic idea! Thanks to the ongoing support of generous donors like you, we can create joyful moments and bring a special touch of magic to the young patients at Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Children’s Health Centre. Small gifts can make a big impact. We love seeing bright smiles on the kids’ faces when they unwrap new toys. In case you’re wondering how to organize a toy drive, we’ve provided clear instructions on age-appropriate items below.

Thank you for your generosity towards our patients and families at the Children’s Health Centre.

When in doubt, a monetary donation to the Children’s Heath Centre through the Surrey Hospitals Foundation website is always the best way to give back—helping us fund the life-saving equipment and staffing that provides the very best care for our kids.

A quick reminder:

  • All donations must be new and unwrapped
  • We cannot accept stuffed animals, large items, action figures with violent themes or weapons including Nerf guns, or wooden toys
  • Please purchase brand name toys as they last longer and are easier to clean
  • Due to privacy and infection control, we cannot allow direct delivery of gifts/donations to patients


  • Infant development toys (e.g. stacking cups, baby links, LaMaze brand toys, V-Tech)
  • Oballs or Winkle rattle or other small baby rattles for little hands to hold
  • Board books


  • Chunky cars and trains
  • Cause and effect toys (e.g. Discovery Toys), pop-up toys
  • Stacking Toys


  • Cars (e.g. Hot Wheels, pull-back racers)
  • Soft Rubber balls (assorted sizes)
  • Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, Cocomelon play sets
  • Barbie accessories (ex. ambulance, car, motorhome)
  • Play Doh and tool kit sets 


  • LEGO sets (small, individual)
  • UNO cards, slime, or kinetic sand (no board games, please)


  • Fleece blankets
  • Wireless ear buds, Bluetooth speakers
  • Bath and Body Works or Body Shop Products
  • $5-10 gift cards (e.g. Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Subway, etc.)


  • Gift cards for WalMart, Superstore, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Subway, Second Cup, grocery stores, etc.


  • Basketballs, soccer balls
  • Hockey sticks (plastic) and balls


  • Walmart
  • Amazon
  • Toys r Us
  • Dollarama
  • Odin books/Chapters


  • Hoberman Sphere
  • Light spinners


Small gifts can go a long way and create special memories for children. So let’s continue to build more cherished memories for them. Together, we are unstoppable in bringing world-class healthcare to everyone!