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 gift 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 Meredith Stafford-Chapman at 412-441-4884 ext. 2044 or


Purchase items right from our Amazon Wish List to be sent directly to The Children’s Home!*

*Please be sure to fill out an  in-kind gift donation form so we can send you an acknowledgement letter!

(E-mail in-kind gift donation form to

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.

Most needed items as of 12.2.19:

  • Winter coats: all sizes (girls & boys)
  • Aldi gift cards
  • GetGo gift cards 
  • Crib mirrors
  • Preemie and Newborn Long -Sleeved Sleepers (w/feet), Sleep Sacks, & Onesies (girls & boys)
  • Long-sleeved preemie through 12 month tops and pants (girls & boys)
  • 3, 6, 9 months sleepers w/feet (girls & boys)
  • Toys with lights, sounds, music, and/or textures (6 to 36 months)
  • Coloring books & art activities for older children (craft kits)
  • Preemie & newborn socks (girls & boys)
  • Toddler socks (boys)
  • Rattles
  • Baby Bath Supplies 


The Children’s Home can accept new children’s clothing, sizes preemie – Adult small. Currently, our specific needs include:

  • Long-sleeved preemie to 12 month onesies and pants* 

  • Zip-up pajamas (with or without feet), especially size newborn
  • 18-24 months Boys soft pants (no jeans)
  • Preemie and newborn layette sets (outfits to bring babies home from the hospital in)
  • Newborn/ Preemie Socks


Infant Care

Toys, Activities & Books

Arts & Crafts

  • Adult coloring books*

  • Art and craft supplies – paint brushes and sponges for kids, paint, glitter, markers, etc.
  • Craft sets
  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • Velcro
  • Contact paper
  • Table top easel


  • Batteries*

  • New infant car seats
  • New strollers (single and double)
  • 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:

  • Aldi*

  • Giant Eagle/GetGo (***$25 GetGo cards are ALWAYS needed!)*

  • Target
  • Wal-Mart
  • Kohl’s
  • Sheetz (for birthparent counseling sessions)
  • Panera Bread (for birthparent counseling sessions)
  • Subway (for birthparent counseling sessions)
  • McDonalds (for birthparent counseling sessions)
  • Starbucks (for birthparent counseling sessions)
  • Visa gift cards (for Adoption clients needs to purchase items such as a prom dress for foster child, graduation outfit for foster child, Halloween costume for foster child, etc.)

*=most critically needed items at this time

Holiday Donations

The Children’s Home is always looking for small gifts to share with the families that are staying with us over the holidays. Some example holidays are:

Valentine’s Day
Mother’s Day
Father’s Day
Independence Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year’s Day

Meal Donations/ Canned Goods

The busy schedule of our families staying in our hospital and Lemieux Family Center makes meal preparation difficult. Therefore, The Children’s Home is always looking for meal, canned good and non-perishable food item donations. For more information, please refer to our Meal Guidelines or contact Meredith Stafford-Chapman.