Our pediatric population relies on the generous donations of people like you to make their clinic appointment, hospital admission, or visit to a loved one more comfortable.
Donated items and activities can ease fear and anxiety while normalizing the health care environment for our patients and families. By donating items from our wish list, you can help make a child or adolescent’s visit less scary and more enjoyable. Additionally, we accept monetary donations for our program. Please click here to give online.
We take great care in making sure your gifts are put to their best use. Your donation may go to an individual child as a way to welcome them to the hospital, as a prize for getting through a procedure, or as a birthday or holiday gift. Your donation may also be used in one of our play areas or with individual patients at the bedside.
Due to special health needs, we must be extra careful with the types of gifts we can accept. To protect the health and safety of our patients, please ensure your item(s) meet the following guidelines:
- All donated items must be newly purchased (unwrapped, in original packaging).
- Handmade gifts such as blankets, masks, pillowcases, medical play dolls, or other handcrafted items must come from an environment free of smoke, pet dander, dust, and perfumes.
- Items must be free of political, religious, discriminatory, or violent content that may not be suitable for all audiences.
What we can accept:
- Recently purchased, clean, un-used stuffed animals
- New, clean, un-used handmade items (blankets, tote bags, pillowcases, masks)
- New books, toys, games, electronics (iPads, Nintendo DS, etc.)
What we cannot accept:
- Used or old stuffed animals (due to infection prevention)
- Used books, toys, games, or electronics (due to infection prevention)
- Items that have been stored for extended periods of time
- Food items (due to dietary restrictions)
- Latex balloons (due to latex allergies and choking hazards)
- Get-well cards made for our patients
- Gift-wrapped donations
Due to a high volume of knit and crocheted hats, please call to check on current stock before donating or consider making masks, blankets, pillowcases, or medial play dolls instead (patterns below). For patterns, contact Tessa Randolph at email@example.com
Due to the end of the year being busy in health care, please consider donating early in the holiday season. It is requested that all holiday donations are scheduled in advance. Please keep in mind that our need for toys and activities remains constant throughout the year and our greatest needs are in the summertime when giving isn’t as prevalent.
We sometimes receive requests from individuals to hand out gifts directly to our patients. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate these requests, as it is important for us to respect and protect our patients’ privacy, prevent the spread of infection, and maintain a calm and healing environment. We are happy to accept and distribute donations on your behalf.
Dropping off your gift
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are focused on maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our patients, families, and staff. To further help us with this, we strongly encourage you to refrain from bringing young children, make sure you are free of illness, and schedule a time for your donation drop off. We can generally accommodate your visit Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. To schedule a donation drop off, please call the Child Life Office at 920-433-3612.
We appreciate your generosity and help to improve the patient and family experience of our Bellin patients.