Child Life Wish List - Fargo, ND

Thank you for considering making a donation to the Child Life Department at Essentia Health in Fargo. Your donations support the children and their families in and around our community that are facing a range of medical needs including but not limited to: clinic visits, injuries, illnesses, surgeries, traumas, new diagnoses, and an overall fear ad anxiety of the medical environment.

Donations are essential in creating a positive, patient-friendly environment for children.

For monetary donations please contact the Essentia Health Fargo Foundation at 701.364.7784.

New Items Only Please
Due to infection control guidelines, all donations must be brand new with their original tags.

Drop Off Locations
Donations can be dropped off at the hospitality desk at the main entrance of Essentia Health Fargo. If you have any questions please contact the Child Life Department at 701-364-8439.

Infant Wish List

  • Rattles/teething toys
  • Crib mirrors (wipeable)
  • Sound machines
  • Musical and light up toys
  • Play mats
  • Board books
  • Nurture smart crib mobiles
  • Bath toys
  • Mamaroos

Toddler Wish List

  • Books (interactive, musical, board, button, pop-up)
  • Play-Doh and Play-Doh tools
  • Popular toys (i.e. Paw Patrol, Bubble Guppies, Doc McStuffins, Princess)
  • Musical and light up toys
  • Little Einstein
  • Shape sorters
  • Pop up toys 
  • Fisher price "little people" toys

Preschooler Wish List

  • Disney movies
  • Sticker books
  • Shopkins sets
  • Cars, trucks, and trains
  • Popular toys (i.e. Elmo, Dora, Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse, Thomas the Train, Disney Princesses, Frozen)
  • Interactive books
  • Easy craft kits
  • Temporary tattoos 
  • Color Magic Kits (or paper and markers)

School-age Wish List

  • Beading kits
  • Pokemon toys/gear
  • Wooden craft kits
  • Remote control cars
  • Pillow pets
  • Board games
  • Legos
  • Model Magic
  • Kinex
  • Story books
  • Journals
  • Notebooks

Adolescents Wish List

  • Gift cards for $10-$15 (i.e. Target, iTunes, Wal-Mart, Movie Tickets, Best Buy, Starbucks, McDonalds, Chipotle, etc.)
  • Video games rated E +10 and below for XBox One, PS4, XBox 360, Wii, Nintendo Switch
  • Headphones
  • Crossword/sudoku/maze books
  • Adult coloring books and colored pencils
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Lotion
  • Beauty kits
  • Nail polish
  • Basic playing cards
  • Popular books for teens and tweens
  • Sports memorabilia (shirts, hats, etc.)
  • Board games 
  • Playing card sets (UNO, Phase 10, SkipBo, etc.)
  • Journals
  • Notebooks
  • Sketchbooks
  • Velvet posters 

Art Supplies

  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Pom-poms
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Paint
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue 
  • Scissors
  • Oil pastels

Small Miscellaneous Gifts

  • Lego sets
  • Barbies
  • Craft kits
  • Matchbox cars
  • Action figures
  • Train sets
  • Small baby toys/rattles
  • Puzzles
  • Manicure sets and nail polish
  • Dolls
  • Silly Putty
  • Sensory toys that light up, stretch, or bounce
  • Slime kits
  • Window markers
  • Sculpey Clay
  • Stickers
  • Soft tissues
  • Waterbeads
  • Velvet posters
  • Butcher paper


  • New stuffed animals (original tags must be on them)
  • Popular movies, rated PG-13 and under
  • Gift cards (i.e. Amazon, Target, iTunes, XBox One, PS4, nearby restaurants like Jimmy Johns, Pizza Luce, Green Mill, Erberts and Gerberts, etc.)
  • Play-Doh and Play-Doh tools
  • Bubbles
  • Blankets (tie fleece blankets of various sizes)
  • Wooden craft kits
  • Crayons/colored pencils/markers
  • Child and adult coloring books
  • Latex free kid patterned bandages
  • Blank canvases
  • Recordable books
  • Lip smackers lip balm
  • Washable paint 
  • Paintbrushes
  • Fabric paint
  • T-shirts of various sizes, blank hats or blank bags for crafts
  • Washable markers
  • Stress balls and Squishies 
  • Fujifilm instax mini Polaroid camera
  • Fujifilm instax mini film refills
  • Medical play kits
  • Muslin dolls (blank cloth dolls) for teaching 


  • Nintendo Switch
  • iPads
  • PS4
  • XBox One (S or X) system 

Looking to Donate? 

Our child patients in the Fargo community benefit from your donation. Check out the list of toys and items on our wish list that are in high demand. 

If you have questions or would like to find out what items are most needed, call 701-364-8439.

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