Most needed items as of 8/4/2023:

  • Gift Cards from Aldi, GetGo, Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon
  • Baby Swaddles & Sleepsacks (Newborn)*
  • Preemie and newborn onesies (long sleeve)
  • Preemie and newborn footie pajamas
  • Fisher-Price Calming Vibes Hedgehog Soother
  • Long handled baby feeding spoons
  • Baby and children’s picture books
  • Baby & infant toys
  • Crib mirrors
  • Tiny Love Crib Mobiles
  • Boys clothing (Small, Medium, Large, XL)
  • 9-12 months boys clothing
  • 3-month girl’s onesies
  • 3T, 4T, and 5T pull on pants for boys and girls.
  • Infant socks for boys and girls.
  • Baby and toddler interactive toys
  • Receiving Blankets
  • Size 12-14 girls T-shirts

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.

Other Needed Items


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
  • boys size x small, small, medium, large, x-large summer, and winter clothes

Meal Donations/ Canned Goods

We can always use canned good and non-perishable, convenient food item donations. For more information, please refer to our Meal Guidelines or contact Taylor Dozier.


  • New plastic bottles (4 to 8 oz)
  • Infant/Toddler plastic feeding utensils
  • Suction cup bowls
  • Soft sippy cups with handles
  • Non-perishable canned food


  • 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.)

Infant Care

  • Baby bath towels*
  • Large bibs*
  • Crib mirrors, mobiles and music toys*
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers (Huggies and Pampers)
  • Baby bath products
  • Baby sound machines (white noise machines)

Arts & Crafts

  • Adult coloring books*
  • Art and craft supplies – paintbrushes and sponges for kids, paint, glitter, markers, etc.
  • Craft sets
  • Scrapbooking supplies
  • Velcro
  • Contact paper
  • Tabletop easel

Toys, Activities & Books

  • Toys with lights, sounds, music, and/or textures (6 to 36 months)
  • Baby safe shakers and bells for story and circle time
  • 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 on CD
  • 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) and bubble machines
  • Bluetooth speakers that light up
  • CD players and children’s CDs
  • Musical keyboards
  • Infant activity tables
  • Cloud B Twilight Constellation Night Light/Dream Light
  • Dolls
  • Doll beds
  • Elmo toys
  • Large wooden puzzles with knobs
  • Lego sets (2-8 years old)
  • Play kitchen items (including pretend food, dishes, pots, pans, etc.)
  • Play kitchen
  • Play doctor kits
  • Animal playsets (farm animals, jungle animals, ocean animals, etc.)
  • Little People playsets
  • Plastic standing basketball hoop
  • Balls (all sizes, especially smaller sensory ones)
  • Batteries for toys and mobiles (AA, AAA, C, and D)

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
  • Easter
  • Passover
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day

Gift Cards

The Children’s Home gratefully accepts plastic 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
  • Amazon
  • 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