Ways You Can Help

In-Kind Donation Guidelines

Spending time in the hospital can be stressful for both the child and their family. Through your generous donations, we at Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital are able to provide items to help decrease stress and make the experience a more positive one!

We greatly appreciate and accept NEW items appropriate for infant through adolescents.

Please visit our WISH LIST below for items that are currently needed.

Items for our wish list may be purchased at any retail store and dropped of at Saint Joseph's Hospital Foundation Office.

A large number of items the Child Life & Expressive Therapies Program uses are not available for purchase in general retail stores. If you would like to make a monetary donation funds can be designated to Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital Foundation-Child Life (Foundation of MSJH-Child Life)
Examples of some of these specialty items include medical teaching dolls, MRI/CT models, distraction items, etc.

Please fill out our DONOR FORM and bring it with you when you drop off your donation.



Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Ascension-Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital
Foundation/CMN Office - 1N
611 St. Joseph Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449

Please call our Toy Donation Hotline at 715-387-7808 for more information or if you have any other questions.

Donated items MUST meet the following criteria to be accepted:

  • All toys must be new, including stuffed animals. We cannot accept used items due to infection control measures.
  • Items should not be stored in garages, basements or attics due to infection control concerns.
  • Items must be in original packaging and not gift wrapped.
  • Only certain hand-made items such as caps (baby or youth knit caps) will be accepted. Please use 'child/teen' friendly colors, patterns or designs. To view other areas in need of handmade items visit Volunteer Services
  • All items should be latex-free
  • All DVDs must be rated G, PG, or PG-13 and not have violent or sexual themes
  • All game system games should be rated E for Everyone. If a T for Teen rating they must not include violent or sexual themes
  • No candy or food will be accepted without prior authorization

Online Guided Tour
Due to HIPAA, infection control and patient/family confidentiality, tours of the pediatric unit are prohibited so please enjoy our online guided tour instead. Tour of Pediatric Unit at Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital

If you should have gift that does not meet our qualifications you may want to consider one of these local community groups that may be able to accept your gift.

2220 N. Central Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449
(715) 387-1300

St. Vincent DePaul
169 N. Central Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449

The Hannah Center
212 E. 3rd St
Marshfield, WI 54449


Online Wish Lists

Starlight Wish List via Amazon



Right side of screen: Find A Wish List
First Name: MSJCH
Last Name: MSJCH
State: Wisconsin

Click FIND

Target (Direct Link)


Pediatric/Child Life Wish List (2016)

Wish List (PDF Version)

* Gift Cards for iTunes®, Target®, Wal-Mart®, Best Buy®, McDonalds®, Applebee’s®, Burger King®, etc.
* Christmas wrapping paper/tissue paper/labels  


  • Gabe's Chemo Duck Program
    Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program© is a trademarked program offered by the nonprofit organization, Gabe’s My Heart. Gabe’s My Heart is based in Nashville, Tennessee with an excellent reputation within the medical communities around the country. Gabe’s My Heart collaborates with child life specialists and medical professionals to provide education and comfort to children and families going through cancer treatment.

    Since 2004, Gabe’s My Heart has provided more than 15,000 Chemo Ducks to children across the country. Gabe’s My Heart continues to develop therapeutic tools for the Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program to enable hospital staff and parents to better prepare children for chemotherapy and eliminate the fear of the unknown.

    In addition to the cuddly, stuffed yellow duck dressed in blue hospital scrubs, the Chemo Duck Program includes educational support material to help children and families understand their health situation. Every Chemo Duck comes with an educational coloring book, a DVD explaining the program and access to an abundance of information to help families organize their lives during an extremely difficult time.


  • Band-Aid Book Donations

    The Child Life Department at Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital has developed a Band-Aid book created for patients undergoing stressful or invasive procedures. The child-friendly band-aids are donated by local schools and businesses. If you or your organization would like to contribute to our supply of child-friendly band-aids, feel free to contact the Child Life Department at (715) 387-7337.  

    ***Currently we have an overabundance of the following Band-Aids, please avoid purchasing these Band-Aids of possible***

    • Waterproof Tattoo Band-Aids: Disney® Princess, Pirates of the Caribbean®, Winnie the Pooh® & Cars®
    • Barbie®, Dora the Explorer®, Scooby-Doo®, SpongeBob®, Rainbow, High School Musical®, Hannah Montana® & Sesame Street®

Program funded by donations to the Children's Miracle Network Bravery Bead Fund

The Bravery Bead Program is for children and adolescents treated for cancer at Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic of Wisconsin. At diagnosis, children receive a "starter necklace" from the Child Life Staff, which includes a cord and beads to spell their name, a bead to represent Children's Miracle Network, and a bead representing the Child Life & Expressive Therapies Program. Children can then collect beads to acknowledge their courage throughout their experience with cancer. Each child can create a unique necklace, bracelet, or even just a chain of beads, with each bead representing different elements of the treatment process. There are 26 different tests and procedures that a child may go through to receive a bead. Each time a child goes through a particular test or procedure, they earn a bead. The program is strictly voluntary, allowing each child and adolescent to decide whether or not they will participate. Beads are available from the Child Life Staff on the Pediatric Unit, in Radiation Oncology on the first floor of the Hospital, and in the Pediatrics Department at Marshfield Clinic.

Ronald McDonald House Charities is a non-profit agency which relies on the generosity of others to continue providing our services. Below is a list of ways that you can help:
  • Please give us a call (715) 387-5899 to find out more about making tax deductible donation.
  • Share a night.
    The Ronald McDonald House asks for families to pay $5.00 a night, but or some families even that can be too much. By sponsoring a night or week, you enable us to continue helping families.
  • Volunteer your time.
    We need volunteers. A variety of day, evening and weekend shifts are available. Volunteers are the heart of our home.
  • Donate items from our wish list.
  • Collect aluminum pop tabs.
    Collecting beverage tabs help raise needed funds for the house. You can bring your tabs to the Ronald McDonald House in
  • Invite a Ronald McDonald House representative to speak to your organization.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RONALD McDONALD HOUSE, PLEASE CALL (715) 387-5899 or visit the RMHC National web site at www.rmhc.org

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