Gift Catalog - Honor Someone Special & Change a Life
Make a gift to Children's in honor of friends and family, coworkers and clients and help make life better for our young patients. You can select a custom eCard to notify them of your gift in their honor.
At Children's, many of our most meaningful programs and services are provided free of charge to our patients. From birthday parties and prizes to clown visits and special summer camps, Children's relies on the generosity of our community to provide these special programs to each child we serve.
Choose from these life changing options:
Help Where Needed Most
Amazing things happen at Children’s every day, and your gifts help us fulfill our mission to make life better for children. Undesignated gifts allow the Children’s team to determine where your generous contribution can make the greatest impact and meet the most immediate needs. More »
As a private, not-for-profit hospital that ranks among the top pediatric hospitals in the country, Children's relies on your generosity to continue to provide world-class care to each child who needs us.« Less
Provide Fun and Education for Patients
The Child Life department helps to make sure patients and their families have the most positive hospital experience possible. The staff helps explain medical procedures and illnesses in terms children can understand, take the patients on tours before surgery and assess how patients are adjusting to illness through "medical play." More » Books and medical dolls are used to provide information and education about medical procedures. Additionally, daily developmental activities are offered in our patient playrooms.
Child Life also creates unique experiences for patients, such as special events, celebrations, and holiday parties. Patients who spend their birthday in the hospital receive a birthday present from Children's; in addition, special holiday parties with cookie decorating provide a moment of joy for our hospitalized patients. By providing opportunities for normalcy during a stressful time, the Child Life team is an invaluable support system for patients, their siblings and their parents.
These services are provided free of charge to our patients and are not reimbursed by insurance. Your generous donations help us provide these special services and more during more than 570,000 patient visits each year.« Less
Send Patients to Camp
Many patients with chronic illnesses miss out on common experiences like summer camp. Thanks to generous donations, these children can attend one of 22 weekend or 7-day medical camps free of charge. More » These special camps exist to improve the quality of life for children with cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, and other chronic diseases by providing the exciting experience of summer camp in a safe environment with necessary daily medical treatment.
Last year, roughly 1,365 Children's patients and family members attended a medical camp.« Less
Provide Spiritual Support
The Pastoral Care department at Children’s offers spiritual support respectful of the cultural and spiritual values of our diverse patient population. The department offers one-on-one counseling, traditional rites, prayers and sacred play with age-appropriate stories. More » In addition, chaplains are trained to handle the sensitive spiritual and emotional issues that arise in caring for a sick child.
The Pastoral Care department logs more than 90,000 contacts annually through patients, families and staff ministry.
“There’s nothing more sacred to anybody, regardless of whether they’re religious or not, than the life of a child. It is the innocence and uniqueness of the children's faith that transcends all of our denominational differences.” – Ron Somers-Clark, founder and retired director of Children's Pastoral Care department « Less
Reward a Cancer Patient
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) sees more than 50 patients daily, and many of these patients undergo invasive procedures such as spinal taps, bone marrow aspirates and blood draws. After completing a procedure, patients choose an item from the CCBD prize closet. More »
It costs just $1 to provide a prize for one of these patients, allowing them a source of comfort and distraction during treatments. A generous donation of $10,000 will fill the prize closet for an entire year. « Less
Provide Music Therapy
While in the hospital, children often experience fear and anxiey or a general lack of control. Music therapy is a way for patients to relax and express themselves. Individual and group music therapy sessions help patients and their families cope with hospitalization and improve patients' physical, psychological and emotional health. More » Professional, trained music therapists use a variety of musical experiences including songwriting, playing instruments, singing and listening to music.
Your generous gifts allow us to provide music therapy services, recorded music at patients' bedsides for long hospitalizations and mp3 players for patients to use during painful procedures to reduce agitation and anxiety. « Less
Provide a Red Wagon
In lieu of wheelchairs, at Children’s we use special red wagons to transport young patients to and from surgeries and procedures. Equipped with pillows and blankets, the wagons provide a child-friendly, “adventurous” way to travel within the hospital, easing patients’ anxieties during an uncertain time.
Give a Smile to a Hospitalized Kid
For many of our patients battling life-threatening illnesses, laughter is the best distraction. The Funnyatrics, a therapeutic clown program, visit all inpatient floors and clinics in the hospital, and their goal is to uplift the environment of the hospital and empower the children. More »
Funnyatrics rounds are five days a week, fifty weeks a year, and roughly 75,000 people each year at Children's get to experience the clowns. The Funnyatrics clowns, who work in pairs, typically see 300 patients and their families each day. « Less
Keep Kids Out of the Hospital
Unintentional injury sends thousands of children and adolescents seeking emergency medical care each day. However, up to 90% of these injuries are preventable. With proper education, improvements to the environment, enforcement of certain safety legislation and regulations, and community involvement, many injuries can be prevented. More »
The Injury Prevention program at Children’s works within the walls of our hospital and outside in our communities to keep our kids safe. Your gifts allow our specialists to work with at-risk neighborhoods, teaching everything from drowning prevention and correct car seat installation to how to safely cross the street. « Less
Purchase Electronic Games
Video games are a fun outlet for our patients, helping children relax during long hospital stays. During lengthy procedures such as chemotherapy infusions, blood transfusions or dialysis, patients often play video games as a distraction to lessen anxiety. More » The playrooms and patient rooms are always in need of games for Xbox and Wii, as well as small electronic handheld games.
"To this day, our son still talks about how fun it was to be in the hospital because he got to play Wii in his room! Truly, the day they brought the Wii system in was the day he got off his oxygen 24/7 and the day he smiled for the first time in four days." - Meg Beaird, grateful parent « Less
Purchase Games and Toys
Play is an essential part of childhood. It facilitates healing, coping, mastery, self-expression, creativity, achievement and learning, and it is vital to a child's growth and development. That's why there are eight playrooms at Children's, each stocked with games and toys suitable for infants to teenagers. More »
Your gifts help provide everything from rattles, racecars and robots to board games, books and billiards. « Less