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What do children in hospitals need? 

In addition to ways to make them smile or laugh, children in hospitals and other disabled or infirmed children often need basic survival provisions for themselves and their families, medication, clothing, blankets, and sometimes prosthetics and other expensive therapeutic devices and materials.  In cases of disaster, injured or dehydrated children may be struggling for survival.  Oftentimes a toy or stuffed animal may help to put a smile on the child's face.  You can give money, materials from your business or collections, or items that you purchase.  You can also register as a Bone Marrow Donor to help children and adults with leukemia and other blood diseases.  Nothing is more precious and appreciated than the gift of life from your own body.  Below the list of Needed Gifts, the Giving Resources will help you distribute your gifts to the intended recipients.  Your local phone book lists many charities and you can also use the new Google "Local" search tool for charities in a particular city or ZIP code.  Check with the Giving Resource or charity to make sure that they can accept and distribute material or in-kind gifts.  Even if the item is listed on a wish list, it's best to communicate with the organization in advance of shipping any donated materials. 


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Medication Many hospitals at times of disaster, or in developing countries, may need medication to help their patients survive day by day.  Some children have serious illnesses and are in critical need of medical care, medication and treatment for illnesses often caused by years of neglect or abuse.   If you or your business can contribute medication, this will be much appreciated.
Clothing Good clothing is important to hospitalized children as they prepare for release to protect them from the elements and to help them feel socially acceptable.  People who are too poor to afford medical care need clothing for themselves and their children.  Your local hospital specializing in caring for children will advise you on specific items in need.
Basic Necessities


Hospitalized children are unable to work or earn a decent living.  They need your help.  In addition to medication, food and clothing, as mentioned above, many need personal care, volunteer services, housing, items for personal comfort such as blankets, pillows, beds, radios, televisions, books, and other items.  Toiletries, toothpaste, soap, underwear and clean socks are items needed in temporary shelters, orphanages and in the street.
Electronics Some hospitalized children may be disabled and in need of electronic devices, such as prepaid cell phones and The Family Hope Fund started by Detroit Tiger Brandon Inge and his wife, Shani, aids families who need help meeting the costs of food, lodging and transportation to and from the hospital during their child’s treatment. The Inge’s realized the financial strains that can occur for families with children in long-term care at Mott, and wanted to help make a difference.

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Atlanta Children's Hospital Toys and stuffed animals are a great way to brighten a child’s day.  All toys and stuffed animals must be new, not be gift wrapped and appropriate for children from birth through age 21. Find age-appropriate toy suggestions and guidelines.  At Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, we put our mission, vision and values into action every day. From performing liver transplants, to helping patients keep up with their schoolwork, to building medical clinics in convenient locations, our employees embody the spirit of Children's.
C. S. Mott Children's Hospital New board books and picture books are needed and appreciated for The Giving Library.  The Family Hope Fund started by Detroit Tiger Brandon Inge and his wife, Shani, aids families who need help meeting the costs of food, lodging and transportation to and from the hospital during their child’s treatment. The Inge’s realized the financial strains that can occur for families with children in long-term care at Mott, and wanted to help make a difference. LEARN MORE
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta All items such as toys must be brand new and unwrapped.  As a not-for-profit organization, Children's relies on the continued generosity of individual donors. Your contribution will brighten the hospital stay for our patients and their families. The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing health, hope and happiness to children through philanthropic and volunteer support for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. 
Children's Hospital Boston In-kind gifts of products and technology can be keys to advancing research projects or broadening the reach of patient care programs.  Corporate giving to our Kidvestment partnership allows us to address pressing health care issues and proactively develop programs for low-income and at-risk kids.  We have a 133-year history of firsts in pediatric care, including the world's first successful remission of acute pediatric leukemia and the first successful cultures of polio and measles viruses.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Children's Hospital Los Angeles welcomes inquiries related to donations of goods and services. Please contact Michele Phillips at mphillips@chla.usc.edu to discuss your particular inquiry.  Children's Hospital Los Angeles has offered healing and hope to children, youth, and families for more than 100 years. Our excellence in patient care, research, medical education, and community outreach is built on the generous spirit of our donors.
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Play experiences can help children to cope and adjust to illness and hospitalization. Play is one way the Child Life and Volunteer Services Department at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh meets the developmental, psychosocial, emotional and educational needs of our patients. You can help by donating new toys, games and other play-time supplies. We cannot accept used stuffed animals. Children's Community Pediatrics is the largest pediatric and adolescent primary care medical network in Western Pennsylvania. With 27 locations in seven counties, you can find expert, sensitive, well- and sick-child care in a community near you.
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Children’s accepts gifts of toys and other in-kind donations. We encourage individuals
and organizations to make these gifts. Persons considering gifts have two options: They
can make a financial contribution to our Recreation and Toys Fund, or they can give toys
or other in-kind gifts. When considering what type of toy to donate, please remember Children’s cares for patients from birth through 18 years of age. Our most urgent needs are for toys appropriate for infants, toddlers, and adolescents.  Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is the largest children’s health care organization in the upper Midwest, with 319 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. We offer comprehensive, integrated medical and surgical pediatric care with more than half of our beds dedicated to critical care services.
Children's Memorial Hospital Chicago There are many ways for you to make a charitable contribution. They include gifts of cash/checks, credit-card gifts, gifts of appreciated securities, real-estate gifts, gifts in kind, life-income gifts (trusts and annuities), estate gifts and tribute gifts. For more information call 773.880.4237.  For nearly 125 years, Children's Memorial has relied on the support of donors and volunteers to help ensure that critically ill and injured children have access to the highest quality care.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Spending time in the hospital can be difficult for children and their families.  Special toys and activities help to make their hospital experience less stressful. Cincinnati Children's needs toys, crafts and other items year-round for children from infancy through age 18. Gifts of products or excess inventory can usually be used throughout the hospital.  Families across the United States rely on Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for excellence in pediatric health care. These same families rely on people like you for support.  When selecting gifts, please refer to the Cincinnati Children's list of suggested items and safety guidelines
CURE International By giving equipment and supplies toward the work of medical staff at CURE International hospitals, you are providing vital tools for professionals on the medical front lines.  CURE constantly solicits new and used medical equipment and supplies that are sent to our hospitals in developing countries. Staff and volunteers at CURE International are developing a “user friendly” method of procuring for and distributing equipment and supplies to established hospitals and newly constructed facilities. There are over 125 million poverty-stricken, physically disabled children worldwide who live with little or no hope for a cure. Helplessness is a constant feeling for these children and their families. CURE International provides physical and spiritual healing for disabled children in the developing world.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity GOSHCC We are always delighted to receive gifts for our children, but sometimes we can't accept what you send us due to concerns about infection, and restrictive storage space.  To help you, we've compiled a list of what our kids love receiving and what we can't use.  Great Ormond Street Hospital in London treats more than 90,000 patients each year - children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. They receive the best medical care that money can buy, but the NHS funding cannot meet these ever-rising costs, and that's where the hospital's charity, GOSHCC, steps in.
Heartspring We realize that some people prefer to give items rather than cash gifts. We are always glad to receive gifts-in-kind. A sampling of items we can use at Heartspring include the following:  Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, & 9 volt), Dish soap (liquid), Games for young children, Gift Certificates (Wal-Mart etc. and for fast food restaurants), Plastic storage containers (small & medium size), Snack items (Slim Jims, Dum Dum lollipops, chips, cookies, peanut butter crackers, fruit snacks, trail mix, Twizzlers licorice, Rice Krispy treats, animal crackers, Gold Fish crackers, pretzels, Smarties, small Tootsie Rolls, pudding cups, veggie sticks (potato chip), individual serving boxes of cereal), Towels (dish, kitchen and bath), Velcro (self-adhesive - any color, any size).  For more than 70 years, Heartspring has pioneered many breakthroughs for individuals with special needs. Today, Heartspring serves children with varying degrees of disabilities through Heartspring School and the Growing Place at Heartspring. The Heartspring Hearing Center serves children and adults with auditory deficiencies.
La Rabida Children's Hospital Toys, games, books, videos, arts and crafts are all welcome and may make a child's stay a lot more manageable. Please shop from our Wish List for items that are especially popular and needed. Please note that donated items must be new and wrapped.  The patients, families and staff at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Illinois are very appreciative of all gifts that are donated and are touched by your generosity. Gifts are used throughout the year for holidays and/or birthdays. Your contribution can help make our kids' stay more comfortable.  Please, no stuffed animals.  Learning to live with a chronic illness or disability is a difficult road for anyone to travel, especially a child. That is why everything we do at La Rabida Children's Hospital is geared toward helping young patients lead childhoods that are as typical and productive as possible. Providing hope, encouragement, and support, La Rabida helps children and their families learn to live with lifelong medical conditions, and rise above them as well.
Loma Linda University Children's Hospital Donations of toys, books, crafts, and other items help bring joy to our patients during their stay. Other valuable items such as vehicles in good working condition and artwork may also be accepted by the Foundation. The fair market value of donated goods is usually fully deductible for donors who itemize deductions.  Children have special needs that are different from adults. While they are still growing they need unique medical care made just for them. Hospitals can be frightening places for kids, and the doctors and nurses at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital (LLUCH) in California understand these fears. To make our little patients feel right at home, we have built a hospital that's not so scary with fun furniture, playrooms, and lots of toys.
St. Louis Children's Hospital Thank you for your interest in our Wish List and/or Gifts-In-Kind. We believe that a simple toy not only comforts an ill child, but also aids in the recovery process. We have listed some frequently asked questions in reference to gift-in-kind donations to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  Gifts-in-kind are donations of tangible gifts versus money. For example, a donor might give a new toy, book or game to the hospital for the patients. We accept these items throughout the year.  We can only accept new, unopened items. Used toys could harbor unknown germs and bacteria, which could potentially be a danger to our patients. We do accept very gently used books and (non-violent) VHS and DVD movies for children of all ages. The hospital provides a full range of pediatric services to the St. Louis metropolitan area and a primary service region covering six states. Each year about 275,000 patients visit SLCH, which offers comprehensive services in every pediatric medical and surgical specialty. SLCH has served patients from all 50 states and 56 countries.
St. Mary's Hospital In-kind gifts of products and technology can be keys to broadening the reach of patient care programs. Your provision of such pieces of equipment can make a valuable contribution to our mission.  St Mary’s is one of the only mission hospitals left in South Africa, caring for the needs of the “poorest of the poor”.   St Mary’s provides 15,000 people with inpatient treatment each year, a third of which are children.  In excess of 64,000 people visit the outpatient clinics.  Your contribution will make a difference in each of our patients’ lives.
Starlight Children's Foundation NY*NJ*CT In order to maximize our funds going directly to the children, we rely heavily on donated goods and services, whether they are for Wishes, Hospital Happenings, Kids Activity Network, special events, or office needs. To make a donation, please contact our Office Manager at 212.354.2878 x100.  The mission of the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation NY*NJ*CT is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families through imaginative and resourceful programs and services that empower, educate and inspire. Each year, Starlight serves over 200,000 critically, chronically, and terminally ill children throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  In addition to granting wishes for sick children, Starlight provides programs on hospital pediatric wards, funds special projects for hospitalized children, and conducts a variety of outpatient activities.
Starship Children's Hospital We are always delighted to receive gifts to help provide more comfort and support for Starship children and their families.  The following items can always be used and are in great demand:  New books and toys (regretfully due to health and safety issues we cannot accept second hand items), New play equipment, New clothing, New baby equipment including car chairs, strollers etc., Tickets to entertainment and sporting events, Food vouchers.  Starship Children’s Health is focused on giving sick children from across New Zealand and the Pacific the best chance possible. The Starship Foundation is a charity set up to provide additional equipment, support and help to patients, their families and staff - as an extra to state funding. This is only possible through the generosity of people like you and the strength of your support of Starship Children's Hospital.
The Children's Hospital at Westmead The Children's Hospital at Westmead will gratefully accept a range of non-monetary gifts and services, which are commonly referred to as Gifts in Kind (GIK). Examples of these gifts include photography services for use at events, soft drinks, framing services, landscaping services, storage, toys, whitegoods, entertainment items, CDs, DVDs etc.  Children in remote areas all over New South Wales have access to expert treatment through our telepsychiatry service. Other examples include an outreach service for children with cystic fibrosis to have their intravenous treatment at home. Children needing 24 hour oxygen therapy now can have this in their own homes as well. Children with severe eczema now attend a day treatment centre rather than spend 7 - 8 days in hospital as in the past.
The Children's Hospital Denver, Colorado Thank you for your interest in providing toys and other needed items for the patients at The Children’s Hospital. To assist you in making decisions about what to provide, here are a few guidelines:  1. Items that we are in need of the most include: Toys for infants and toddlers, Recreational activities for teenagers, Video movies rated PG-13 for teenagers – we are unable to accepted Rated “R” Movies, Books, video tapes and music for Spanish Speaking patients of all ages, 2. Items we typically have a generous supply of are: Match box cars, Barbies.  The Children's Hospital Network of Care provides pediatric services throughout Denver and across Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, bringing the services of one of America's Best Hospitals for Children closer to home.
UNM Children's Hospitals The Hospital is always in need of certain items that help our patients and their families. Items such as artwork and sculptures that bring color and life to our hallways, clinics and exam rooms to toys, books, fun band-aids, clothes, wheelchairs, and so much more. Gifts of this nature help us to provide a more comfortable experience to families as they go through difficult times.  The Children's Hospital Heart Center (CHHC) is the center of a statewide program in Pediatric Cardiology, located within the Children's Hospital of New Mexico. The main purpose of CHHC is service to children with heart disease and their families. For patient convenience, there is a single place -- the Heart Center-- where children are seen, tests done, consultations performed, and teaching accomplished.

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