Making a hospital room feel like a home during the holidays may be unrealistic, but a smile or laughter is still possible with the gift of a toy or activity. Snowflake Village is a donation-driven “toy store” inside St. Louis Children’s Hospital seeking new, unwrapped toys. These children and their families, many of whom are up against significant odds, greatly appreciate the gesture no matter the size.
Donate brand-new toys to St. Louis Children’s Hospital this holiday season!
The Reason We Chose St. Louis Children’s Hospital
In 2015, our son, David Schaefer, was born with rare and severe medical birth defects which required him to remain in the NICU in St. Louis Children’s Hospital. David, unfortunately, lost his battle with the illnesses in early 2016 but he continues to live on in our hearts and memories.
During our time at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, we met many other families whose lives had been affected by the illness of their child. Going through this experience was the most difficult time of our lives. However, we are blessed to be in a position to give back to those who helped David and other children like him. This is why we choose to benefit St. Louis Children’s Hospital with this toy drive. With your participation and donations, together we can help to improve the lives of these children and their families during the holidays.
—Scott & Sarah Schaefer
How You Can Make a Donation
Drop-off at a Schaefer Autobody location – Drop off new, unwrapped toys at any Schaefer Autobody Centers location through December 15, 2023. We’ll deliver the toys to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Go to the bottom of this page to use an interactive map to find the location(s) nearest you.
Make a monetary donation – If you’re unable to buy toys or drop them off, monetary donations are also accepted—100% of which will be donated to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Shop St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Amazon.com wish list – Lastly, you may buy items for donation from St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Amazon wish list. This curated list of gift ideas has been selected by the hospital’s team. All items bought from the wish list will be shipped directly to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
- Push toys
- Light up/musical toys
Young Children (ages 3–8)
- Books (fiction & non-fiction)
- Interactive games
- Building sets and Legos
- Play-Doh kits
- Crayons with coloring books
- Art and craft kits
- Dolls and dollhouse toys
- Toy trucks and cars
Pre-teens (ages 9–12)
- Books (fiction and non-fiction)
- Card games
- Board games
- Journal sets
- Art, jewelry and craft kits
- Science kits
- Building sets and Legos
- Sports apparel
- Art sets
- Bluetooth/wireless speakers
- Comfy wear (sweatpants, leggings, sweatshirts in a variety of sizes)
- Table top/yard games
- Lego sets
Please note: stuffed animals are not needed. Schaefer Autobody Centers and St. Louis Children’s Hospital kindly ask donors to avoid contributing items such as play guns, Nerf guns or other toy weapons, latex balloons, candy, gum or other food, scary or violent action figures or dolls, and used toys or books. Handmade items are also not recommended for donation.
Snowflake Village in the Press
On October 20, 2021, Schaefer Autobody was invited on KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis to speak about Snowflake Village at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Below is the video segment with our own Kristen Henry explaining the importance of Snowflake Village to Schaefer Autobody Centers and the impact the toy store has on hospitalized children and their families. You can read more about the segment on KSDK’s website.