Honor Someone Special & Change a Life
Donating through our gift catalog allows you to see some of the many the programs and services that your gift helps support.
Ever wondered how much to give to send a patient to a special camp? To host a birthday party for a patient? Or to fill a closet in the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders with prizes? Take a look at our gift catalog to find out how your generous gift can help support programs such as these, many of which are provided free of charge to our patients and their families.
Also, if you’d like to make your donation in honor of a friend, family member, coworker or client, you can easily do so through our catalog. You can even send them a custom eCard to notify them of the gift in their honor.
With proper education, improvements to the environment, enforcement of certain safety legislation and regulations, and community involvement, many injuries can be prevented.
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.
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." 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.
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.
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.
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
After completing a procedure, patients choose an item from the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) prize closet.
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.
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.