It's the season of giving and there are certainly plenty of places across the Northland that could put donations to good use within our community.

One group of people that may not be at the top of people's minds is the children who are forced to spend the holiday season getting medical care. Having a child in a hospital would be difficult at any time of the year, but it would be even harder during the holiday season.

Essentia Health-St. Mary's Children's Hospital in Duluth appreciates everyone who remembers these kids and they've put together a list of popular items for the different age groups who are hospitalized throughout the early. They add that all donations help improve the lives of children in their care.

If you can help, you'll see the full list of items below. Keep in mind that due to infection control guidelines, all donations must be brand new with their original tags.

Donation wish list for Essentia Health-St. Mary's Children's in Duluth:

Infant Wish List

  • Rattles/teething toys
  • Crib mirrors (wipeable)
  • Sound machines
  • Musical and light-up toys
  • Playmats

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
  • 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
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School-age Wish List

  • Beading kits
  • Pokemon toys/gear
  • Wooden craft kits
  • Remote control cars
  • Pillow pets
  • Board games
  • Legos
  • Model Magic

Adolescents Wish List

  • Vikings/Twins memorabilia (i.e. shirts, hats, jewelry, etc.)
  • 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
  • Headphones
  • Crossword/sudoku/maze books
  • Adult coloring books and colored pencils
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Lotion
  • Beauty kits
  • Nail polish
  • Small Miscellaneous Gifts
  • Lego sets
  • Barbies
  • Craft kits
  • Matchbox cars
  • Action figures
  • Train sets
  • Small baby toys/rattles
  • Puzzles
  • Manicure sets and nail polish


  • New stuffed animals
  • 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
  • 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

All donations can be dropped off at the Essentia Health Foundation or at St. Mary's Children's Hospital. Anyone with questions is welcome to contact the Child Life Department at 218-786-5471.

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