Home   About Us   50 States Challenge

50 States Challenge


Click Here to visit the official home of Princess Alli Foundation’s 50 States Challenge – 50StatesChallenge.org!

To raise awareness of the need for more resources for families at children’s hospitals. we’re sending boxes of our toiletry care packages to hospitals in each of the 50 states! It is our hope that these care packages will not only help families at each hospital, but will also spark conversations within your local community about increasing long-term support for the families of children with illnesses.

If you’ve received one of our 50 States Challenge care packages, please take a minute to leave a quick comment with your location on our Facebook Page to help us show the need for food and toiletries to be readily accessible for families during hospital stays.

Get Involved


One of the easiest ways you can get involved is to spread the word about our project and the need to support inpatient families!  One of the most common things we hear from the families we support is how they didn’t understand how hard it was to live through a hospital stay until they lived through one!  We hope that the 50 States Challenge will help spark conversations within each community we reach about increasing long-term support for the families of children with illnesses.


[Click here for a printable version of these lists!]

When a family has a sick or injured child it is common for one of the parents to stay in the hospital with them. These parents often lack basic hygiene items and skip meals which can impact their ability to advocate for their child. Your group or organization can have a huge impact on families during their inpatient stays by putting together simple food and toiletry care packages for your local hospital.

Here are lists of our favorite items to donate. Please contact your local hospital’s child life department for restrictions and to schedule your delivery.

Toiletry Items: Items must be new/unopened and should be individually wrapped. Travel/hotel size toiletries work best!

  • Wrapped toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Bar soap or body wash
  • Small combs
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene items

Snack Items: Items should be store-bought and must be individually wrapped.

  • Granola bars
  • Cookies, crackers, and chips
  • Bottle water
  • Chocolate
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Chocolate
  • Gum or mints
  • Microwavable soups or pastas

We’d love to hear about your project! 


7/12/19 Update:

Our Shipping Manager Braeden decided we weren’t finished this week, so we shipped six more boxes today! 🙌🙌

Welcome to the #50StatesChallenge Shriners Hospitals for Children in Kentucky, OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois , Children’s Minnesota – St. Paul, MU Health Care Children’s Hospital in Missouri, American Family Children’s Hospital in Wisconsin, and Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia!

We are honored to be able to support families at your hospitals <3

7/8/19 Update:

It’s Week #2 of our 50 States Challenge, and we’re excited to be shipping to 4 hospitals!

Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio and Lutheran Health Network Children’s Hospital in Indiana! We’re also shipping our second boxes to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children in Hawaii (Aloha!) and Providence Health & Services Alaska Children’s Hospital!

7/1/19 Update:

We are excited to kick off this year’s 50 States Challenge with a special delivery to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines Iowa! These boxes were donated by the Forland Family after receiving one of our care packages during a hospital stay <3

Thank you Forland Family!

We will also be shipping to Children’s Hospital of Detroit’s downtown and Flint locations this week!

10/9/18 Update:

WE DID IT! We just completed Round 1 of our 50 States Challenge!

Welcome OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital​ in Oregon, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital​ in Idaho, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles​ AND Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego​ in California, UMC Children’s Hospital​ in Nevada, Primary Children’s Hospital​ in Utah, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital​ in Arizona. We’re excited to be able to provide services to your families. <3

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated towards this Challenge or helped us pack the 2,500 toiletry bags needed to ship to all of these new hospitals. We couldn’t have done this without you <3

We are excited to switch gears and focus on our Holiday Care Package Project for the next couple of months. Stay tuned for info on Round 2 of our 50 States Challenge in early 2019!

Join our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/b1R0OP

9/26/18 Update:

43/50 – We’re soo close to completing Round 1 of the 50 States Challenge!

This week we shipped toiletry care packages to @OUMedicine in Oklahoma, Shodair Children’s Hospital Montana, Wyoming Medical Center, @ChildrensHospitalColorado, and UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Centerat the University of New Mexico.

It’s our mission to raise awareness of the need for more resources for families at children’s hospitals.

9/8/18 Update:

And just like that, the entire east coast is PINK! 

We were excited for the opportunity to ship to Nemours Children’s Hospitalin Delaware, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey in New Jersey, Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, The University of Vermont Medical Center, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in New Hampshire, and
The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center this week!

8/27/18 Update:

We did it – this morning we delivered our 10,000th care package!!

Last week we shipped out Toiletry Care Packages to new friends at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Mississippi, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Florida, and to MUSC Children’s Health in South Carolina!

Today we shipped out boxes to Duke Children’s Hospital in North Carolina, UVA Health System Children’s Hospital in Virginia, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Maryland, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital here in Michigan. We also made a delivery to our friends at Sparrow Health System!

10,000 care packages was a huge goal for us for this year! We’re also excited to have shipped to 26/50 of the States as of this week!

THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors, care package packers, and social media sharers for helping us spread the word about our missions! We couldn’t have reached this goal without your support!

8/10/18 Update:

We shipped 492 care packages today! A big welcome to friends in Minnesota, Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Hawaii! We’re honored to be able to help support families in your states <3 <3

Have you received one of our pink balloon care packages? Please leave a comment to let us know where you’re from!

Children’s Minnesota St. Louis Children’s Hospital Arkansas Children’sChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia Children’s Hospital New Orleans WVU Medicine Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children

7/26/18 Update:

50 States ChallengeIt’s Week 3 of our 50 States Challenge, and we are excited to have boxes of toiletries headed out to Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama today! 

Thank you to our generous sponsors and care package packers!  We were lucky to have help from the Bashore, Parks and Saltzman families this week!

9,300 care packages and counting 

7/19/18 Update:

It’s week #2 of our 50 States Challenge! This week we are excited to be shipping toiletries to new friends at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and The Children’s Hospital at Providence in ALASKA! We are happy to meet you 

Have you received one of our pink balloon care packages? If so, please follow the link on the card and check-in to help us raise awareness of the need for more resources for families at children’s hospitals.

50 States Challenge

7/12/18 Update:

We are excited to kick off our 50 States Challenge with shipments to Bronson Methodist Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Riley Hospital for Children!

50 States Challenge
The Princess Alli Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity.