Gifts & Donated Items to Patients

Baby girl, sitting next to plush dog, holding plush bear

My Little Star brings comfort in times of loss

Local children’s book author Rory H. Mather and his book publisher, along with a generous local donor are helping to bring comfort and create a safe space for those who’ve experienced pregnancy and infant loss. 

Together they’ve donated a number of copies of Rory’s book My Little Star to gift to families in the care of the Toowoomba Hospital Maternity Ward. The inspiration for this touching book stems from Rory and his wife's own journey they embarked upon in loving memory of their daughter, Evie. 

“My hope is that it will resonate with people and perhaps put into words things others have felt but not had the words to say. I also hope that it can be used as a gentle tool to discuss loss both with kids and adults as pregnancy and infant loss is something that is sadly too common but can be so hard to discuss.”


Example of the types of craft and donation items that the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation can accept.

Thank you for bringing a little sunshine into our patients’ lives.

We are constantly blown away by the generosity of individuals, families, communities, and businesses who give what they have to benefit those in need within our local community.

We are so thankful to receive a variety of gift donations which help provide comfort, distraction, and joy to our patients of all ages.

Please see our listed items below, which are always needed.

Health Service Wishlist

(brand new condition only)*

  • Colouring in books
  • Reading books for all ages
  • Toys, games, and crafts for all ages

Handmade items

These items include, but are not limited to:

  • Quilts and blankets
  • Soft toys (no button eyes)
  • Beanies and scarves
  • Drip and catheter bags
  • Premi clothing sets

If you would like to help with any of these items and gifts, handmade or brand new, please get in touch with our Volunteer Manager.

If you have a talent for sewing, knitting, and crochet we’re always in need of a regular supply of handmade items to support the care and comfort of patients across the health service.

If you are thinking of donating gifts to patients in hospital, we'd be very grateful if you would consider the above list of items or contact us with your ideas.

Please note, we cannot accept the following items:

  • Items which have button batteries
  • Political, controversial, religious items
  • Items with sharp edges
  • Food or toxic items (no latex) and scented items
  • Small items (which could be swallowed)

Donating your items

Please deliver your donations to Toowoomba Hospital Foundation Office: Toowoomba Hospital Campus, Pechey St Entrance, Toowoomba. Deliveries can be made between 8.30am to 4.30pm from Monday through Thursday and between 8.30am to 4pm on Fridays (excluding public holidays).

If you’re able to notify us of your arrival in advance, we would love to arrange to take a photo with you and the donated item/s, for inclusion on our social media platforms.

If you would like to contact us to arrange a delivery time, please email volunteers@


Your donation goes directly towards supporting sick and injured patients receiving care and treatment with Darling Downs Health. Join us in making a lasting difference in the lives of our patients.


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