Gift In Kind
By donating these much-needed items to Children’s Health, you are helping to support our more than 100 year mission of making life better for children. Our Child Life teams maintain Amazon Wish lists that contain the most commonly-used items for patients and families – age-appropriate toys, crafts, supplies, special items for celebration, activities that distract kids during procedures and more. To purchase something from our Wish List, follow these easy steps:
- View our Amazon Wish List, organized by campus
- Order through Amazon and ship your gifts directly to the campus you select OR
- View our Printable List of Items Needed (coming soon)
- Fill out the donation form
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Children's Health is also always in need of crafty community members to handcraft needed items for our patients including activity/busy books, Beads of Courage, blankets, and comfort items for the NICU. Review ideas and other instructions for hand-crafted gifts.
Want to donate something or have additional questions? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Host a Donation Drive
As a nonprofit organization, Children’s Health depends on donations from organizations like you. Your donations help to provide high-quality care and comfort to children across North Texas. Hosting a donation drive and helping us collect items for kids allows them to enjoy a little normalcy while they are in the hospital.
Ready to host a donation drive for Children’s Health?
- Contact Gift Planning at email@example.com
- Take a look at our needed items and decide what you want to collect
- Promote your drive
- Start collecting!
- Schedule a time to drop off your items
- Fill out donation form and send us the inventory of items collected
Guidelines for Holding a Donation Drive
Contact Children's Health
Email Children's Health at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help guide you through the process for the most successful drive.
Set a goal
Determine the number of items you want to raise. Encourage people to help you meet or surpass your goals by putting up flyers and telling them how their donations will impact patients and families at Children’s Health.
A donation drive requires a certain amount of planning to be successful. Get volunteers to help with your drive, and assign everyone specific tasks like:
- Liaison to oversee details and answer questions
- Marketing/Advertiser to promote the drive-through materials provided in this toolkit
- Outside public relations/media contact
- Coordinators to collect and sort all donations
- Volunteer to track who donated what
- Person to deliver all the donations to Children’s Health
Make a timeline
Every donation drive is different. Below are the main tasks you need to complete for a successful donation drive with a sample timeframe.
Promote your drive
There are many ways to generate excitement and visibility throughout your drive. Below you will find samples of marketing material to promote your donation drive. Simply click on the material you want, download/copy and paste the information you need.
4-6 weeks before drive
- Brief other staff on all aspects of the drive
- Find volunteers
- Schedule meetings to discuss assignments
- Schedule post-drive meeting to ensure that volunteers are available to debrief
- Notify your marketing and communication departments for PR/media plan
- Discuss documentation (photos, video) of the event
2-4 weeks before drive
- Recruit volunteers
- Finalize task lists
- Make sure all volunteers are comfortable with assignments
1-2 weeks before drive
- Confirm details
- Make sure you have the box ready and location confirmed
- Make or print posters and fliers
- Promote drive, e.g., media, publicity and volunteers
During the drive
- Collect donations
- Track the donations (assign a volunteer to create a spreadsheet and track who donated what item.)
- Continue to promote the drive
1-2 days after the drive
- Make sure to thank everyone who participated in your donation drive
- Sort all donations
- Fill out the donation form and send us the inventory of items collected
- Deliver donations to Children’s Health
Please view a list of items that we regularly need (coming soon), or to see the location-specific Amazon Wishlists listed below.
For all donations, please review our donation and distribution policy below. If you don’t see the items you wish to donate on any of the lists, let us know by contacting Gift Planning at email@example.com.
Donations and distribution policy
For the safety of our patients, all items must be in new, unused, in its original packaging and latex free. Please do not gift-wrap donated items. Some donated items have additional guidelines and will be included in each section if necessary.
Please include an estimate of the number of hours it took for you to complete the project. The time spent on the project is used in our year-end report.Example of how to calculate: If 4 volunteers spent 1 hour each making busy books, this equals 4 volunteer hours.
Distribution of items
Due to patient confidentiality and infection control, donated items are distributed by the Children’s Health staff. We, unfortunately, do not allow individuals and groups to distribute donated items to patients.
Track Your Donations
Digital and Printable Fliers
Place printed posters near the donation box, as well as in high-traffic areas like break rooms, conference rooms or near coffee/snacks.
Download and Print
Email fliers to co-workers, or place printed fliers in high-traffic areas like break rooms, conference rooms or near coffee/snacks.
Place printed rack cards near the donation box, as well as in high-traffic areas like break rooms, conference rooms or near coffee/snacks.
Place printed postcards near the donation box, as well as in high-traffic areas like break rooms, conference rooms or near coffee/snacks. Or, put one in each person’s office mail box with a personal note!
Get pictures and content to post on your social media channels about your donation drive with Children’s Health. Copy, paste and edit the posts below directly onto your social media platform.
We’re proud to work with @childrens to host a donation drive for children to enjoy a little normalcy while they are in the hospital. We’re collecting [donation item] from now until [date]. Drop off donations at [location]. #ChildrensHealth #donationdrive
Join us [date] as we collect [donation item] for kids who are in the hospital @childrens. As a nonprofit organization, Children’s Health depends on gifts from organizations like [Company Name] to provide high-quality care and comfort to children across North Texas. #ChildrensHealth #donationdrive
Add details to your organization’s webpage or newsletter about Children’s Health and your donation drive. Copy, paste and edit the content below to add to your website and newsletter. Make sure to replace [Company Name] with the name of your organization.
[Company Name] and Children’s Health are teaming up to provide kids in the hospital [donation items] on [date]. As a nonprofit organization, Children’s Health℠ depends on donations from organizations like [Company Name] to provide high-quality care and comfort to children across North Texas.
Help us collect [donation item] to help kids enjoy a little normalcy while they are in the hospital. All donations must be new and in the original packaging.
Thank you for helping make our donation drive a huge success. Please call XXX-XXX-XXXX or email [insert your email address] if you have questions.
Download any of the images below to add to your social post, website or newsletter. Don't forget, it's a good idea to share photos of your drive, as well.
Sample images coming soon!
Thank you for helping make the donation drive a huge success. We look forward to working with you and your organization. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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