Thank you for thinking of The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center. Your generous donations directly help children and families in our three programs: Adoption, Child’s Way, and the Pediatric Specialty Hospital.

Donations can be dropped off to our front desk anytime, including evenings and weekends. Please be sure to fill out an in-kind donation form available at our front desk if you would like to receive an acknowledgment letter.

If you have any questions about donating to The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center, please contact Abby Kirstein at 412-441-4884 ext. 2065 or

For health and safety reasons, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh cannot accept the following items unless they are new, unused, and in original packaging:

  • Clothing or any other items made of fabric
  • Toys
  • Equipment (car seats, high chairs, bouncers, etc.)
  • Bottles
  • Plush toys must be brand new. We are unable to accept any stuffed animals if they have been exposed to the home (ie. Beanie Baby’s on a shelf)
  • Please Note: We are able to accept gently used books!

If you have any used items to donate, local shelters, churches, and free stores are often in need.


The Children’s Home can accept new children’s clothing, sizes preemie – 5T. Currently, our specific needs include:

  • Long-sleeved preemie onesies
  • Zip-up pajamas (with or without feet), especially size Newborn
  • 2T-5T elastic waist pants
  • 0-3 months clothing for boys


  • New bottles (4 to 8 oz)
  • Infant/Toddler plastic feeding utensils

Infant Care

  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers (Huggies and Pampers)
  • Baby bath products
  • Crib mirrors

Toys, Activities & Books

  • Toys with lights, sounds, music, and/or textures (6 to 36 months)
  • Large wooden puzzles with knobs
  • Baby links
  • Crib mobiles (Fisher Price, Tiny Love)
  • 0-9 month rattles, small infant toys, etc.
  • Sassy 0+ months Spin and Shine Rattle
  • Board books for babies and toddlers
  • Books that play music
  • Books and educational materials on adoption topics for children, birthparents, and families:
    • Dear Birthmother by Kathleen Silber
    • Gotcha Day Blessing by Dave Butler
  • Bubbles (no spill)
  • Cloud B Twilight Constellation Night Light/Dream Light
  • Dolls
  • Elmo toys
  • Lego sets (2-8 years old)
  • Play kitchen items (including pretend food)
  • Batteries for toys and mobiles (AA, AAA, C, and D)

Arts & Crafts

  • Art and craft supplies – paint, glitter, markers, construction paper, etc.
  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • Play-Doh


  • New infant car seats
  • New portable cribs (i.e. Pack ‘n Play)
  • Medical Equipment (accepted on a case by case basis, so please call ahead of time to describe your items.)
  • Kitchen equipment (cookie sheets, bowls, cups, silverware, utensils, pots, pans, coffee pots, plates, mugs, etc.)

Gift Cards

The Children’s Home gratefully accepts gift cards in any dollar amount to help the children and families we serve, including stores such as:

  • Target
  • Wal-Mart
  • Kohl’s
  • Babies R’ Us
  • Aldi
  • Giant Eagle/GetGo
  • Panera Bread (for birthparent counseling sessions)
  • Starbucks (for birthparent counseling sessions)