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Donations to Dr. Bear’s Closet

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Dr. Bear’s Closet Holiday Wish List

Donations are essential year-round, and especially during the holiday season. Children’s National Hospital accepts brand new toys, books, games, clothing and more for Dr. Bear’s Closet during the holidays.


Thank you for your interest in donating and supporting Children’s National Hospital this holiday season! We are accepting holiday donations from November 26-December 22. Your donations will be given to patients and family members during their hospital visit to provide comfort, offer distractions and to normalize the hospital setting during the holidays.

Please carefully review our holiday wish list, donation guidelines, and FAQs below. Have a question that is not listed here? Please email us or call (202) 476-2062.

How Can I Make a Donation this Holiday Season?

In-Kind Donations to Dr. Bear's Closet

Monetary Donations to Dr. Bear’s Closet


Donation Guidelines

Items We Cannot Accept


Does Dr. Bear’s Closet accept gently used items?

Will I get a receipt for donating items in-kind to Dr. Bear’s Closet?

Will I get a receipt for making a monetary donation to Dr. Bear’s Closet?

Can I donate handmade items?

Can I visit with or distribute gifts directly to patients?

How can I host a toy drive or gift card drive?

Do you offer service hours for donating?

What else can I do to help?