Wish Lists

Volunteer from Home or Office

Help stock our House with the items families need most.

Now you can support Ronald McDonald House families right from your house or office. Your willingness to buy needed items from our wish lists, assemble care kits and welcome bags helps us stock our House and Family Room with what we need to comfort and support families. You can make a big difference with everyday items to keep our House running and help families feel at home.

Our House and Family Room are just like your home. We need household and personal care items, healthy pantry items, toys, books, and gift and gas cards in $10-20 denominations. See below for details.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • For large group donations, please contact Kristen Drake before starting your project so we can prioritize needs.
  • We have 31 guestrooms at our Ronald McDonald House. When creating care kits or welcome bags, please make enough please make enough for all the families staying with us.
  • All items must be in their original packaging.
  • Items should be new and from a smoke-free environment for the health and safety of our guest families.

Donations can be dropped off daily from 9 am – 6 pm at our Ronald McDonald House, 2716 Marshall Court, Madison, WI 53705. Or ship your donations directly to us.

Thank you for helping provide a “home-away-from-home” to the families we serve.

Wish List Drives

Rally your friends, co-workers, and community to hold a Wish List Drive. For the health and safety of our families, we can only accept NEW items.

Contact Kristen Drake for group Wish List Drives before starting.

Care Kits

Using a ziplock bag, create a toiletry kit for our families to use for an overnight stay. Kits should include travel sized items: a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand sanitizer and facial tissue. Please contact Kristen Drake for more details before starting.

Gift Card Drives

Collect gift cards in $10-25 denominations to grocery stores, Target, Amazon, gas cards and more to distribute to our families in times of need or to purchase meals and cleaning supplies for our House. Click here for a complete list.

Snack Bags

Snack bags are a great way for our families to enjoy a quick treat on the go! These are great for families to take with them from the House to the hospital. All snacks included in the bags should be individually packaged. Please contact Kristen Drake for more details before starting.

Gift Bags for Families

It’s such a wonderful treat for the families to see goodies left for them outside their guest rooms when they return from the hospital. It really brightens their day! You can build a gift bag assortment to suit your giving budget and creativity. Think of something you would like to receive or something you would want while spending a lot of time at the hospital caring for a loved one. Ideas include: puzzle books, magazines, healthy treats, gum, coloring books for kids or adults, personal care items, a neck pillow, fun socks and things to do while spending time away from home. Please contact Kristen Drake for more details before starting.


You can drop off donations daily from 9 am – 6 pm at our Ronald McDonald House in Madison, 2716 Marshall Court, Madison, WI 53705. You can also ship your donations directly to us if preferred. For questions, please contact Kristen Drake.