Who: Child Life staff and volunteers with Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Health will collect new, unwrapped toys, art supplies and financial donations to purchase developmentally appropriate toys for medically complex (special-needs) kids during the Christmas in July Toy Drive.
What: Cars will be pulling up and dropping off toys as the community responds to the call from Wolfson Children’s Hospital to donate new, unwrapped toys during its fourth annual “Christmas in July Toy Drive.” A downloadable (PDF) gift list is available at wolfsonchildrens.org/ways-to-give/. People can also participate in the Christmas in July Virtual Toy Drive by making a donation online that will be used by Child Life to purchase developmentally appropriate toys for medically complex patients, and to purchase items for infants and teens who usually receive the least number of gifts.
When: Friday, July 24, 2015, 7 am – 2 pm
Wolfson Children's Hospital, Rotunda (Circular Driveway)
OTHER DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
Baptist Clay Medical Campus, Medical Office Building Entrance
Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Main Entrance
Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Main Entrance
Baptist Medical Center South, Main Entrance
RPM Automotive Locations (now until July 23, 2015)
Why: Toys are needed all year long, but the hospital’s toy supply typically dwindles during the summer months, away from the traditional spotlight of holiday giving and year-end charitable donations.
Background: Wolfson Children’s Hospital treats more than 80,000 children each year in the North Florida and South Georgia region, using toys and art supplies to help soothe, distract and ease the anxieties of children of all ages during treatment for illness and injuries. New, unwrapped toys collected through the Christmas in July Toy Drive will restock the hospital’s playrooms and teen room, and help hospitalized children celebrate birthdays and other special occasions throughout the year.