From online giving to shopping on Amazon, here's how you can help
Children and toys are always a great combination, but that's especially true when kids are in the hospital.
Regardless of age or reason for treatment, all children benefit from play and the hours of entertainment and distraction toys provide. Play is an integral part of the healing process for kids while they're receiving care.
That's why Wolfson Children's celebrates Christmas in July each summer, ensuring that all patients have toys and other activities to help make their stay more comfortable. Thanks to the community's generosity, the annual event is successful in raising funds and helping the hospital restock its toy closet, playrooms and teen room.
This year, there are four convenient ways to support Christmas in July:
- Donate online – It's easy, secure and only takes a few minutes to make a tax deductible gift. Visit ChristmasJuly.com.
- Shop on Amazon – Shop our registry for the most needed toys, and they'll ship right to the hospital! Go to the Amazon Wolfson Children's Hospital Baby Registry.
- Start a Facebook Fundraiser – This allows someone to spread the word to their network of friends and family about Christmas in July so they have the opportunity to donate too. For companies, it's a great way to create a "virtual toy bin" that employees and customers can donate to. Go to facebook.com/WolfsonChildren/fundraisers to get started. It's so easy!
- Bring a toy – Handpick your own items and drop them off. The best toys keep patients busy and don't require a lot of energy. Toys that can be played with in bed are wonderful for children who aren't able to be up and moving around. Toys that bring the biggest smiles are infant and toddler toys, Legos for all ages and card games.
"Keeping kids entertained and busy while they're in the hospital makes them happy and helps them grow," said Family Support Services Manager Pat Kirkland, MS, CCLS, who oversees Child Life services. "Toys and activities not only create a fun distraction from treatments and procedures, but they also allow kids to engage in activities that normalize their time here."
Visit ChristmasJuly.com until July 31, 2017 for more information.