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Donations to UNC Volunteer Services

Are you interested in donating to UNC Health Care? Thank you for thinking of us. We often get calls with questions about donations and we are happy to accept most items.

We are always looking for:

  • Magazines less than a year old
  • New or gently used books for adults and children
  • Magazines and books in Spanish

Unfortunately, We are Unable to Accept

  • Food
  • Used toys/toys that have already been in someone's home
  • Religious items
  • Latex balloons
  • Items sealed or wrapped (such as in wrapping paper or envelopes)

We Happily Accept

  • Brand-new items
  • Things children (boys and girls) ages newborn through 18 would enjoy
  • Beanie babies/stuffed animals
  • Blank notebooks
  • Coloring books
  • Crossword/sudoku/wordsearch/puzzle books
  • Games (playing cards/UNO cards/board games/handheld single player games)
  • Hair items such as barrettes, etc.
  • Hot Wheels cars
  • Nail polish
  • Play dough/silly putty
  • Single-use craft supplies (pipe cleaners, colorful tissue paper, colored paper, colored pencils, markers, googly eyes, stickers, crayons, cute erasers, etc.)
  • Homemade or purchased lap blankets, baby blankets, or baby caps

Other Suggestions

  • Hold a book (new/gently used) or toy (new only) drive.
  • Make activity bags with items such as small toys, pencils, stickers, etc. for children. The bags need to be open (unsealed) or see-through. If groups are interested in volunteering in the Pediatric Playroom, please visit the Group Volunteers page.

Monetary Donations

  • To the Volunteer Association - supports programs throughout the hospital contact our office at 984-974-4793.
  • To the Hospital - Medical Foundation of North Carolina
  • To the Child Life & Recreational Therapy Department
  • To UNC Children's Office of External Affairs

Contact Information


Phone: (984) 974-4793

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