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December 1, 2016

Ways to give this holiday season: SickKids gift donation guidelines

TORONTO - Being in hospital during the holiday season can be tough for patients and their families. Staff and volunteers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) do their best to create a fun and familiar environment for families, in efforts to normalize the hospital experience.

The community helps SickKids support these families by generously donating toys, books, games and other gifts that help entertain and comfort children during their hospital stay. These items go beyond the holidays and are also used throughout the year for therapeutic play with a Child Life Specialist, as birthday presents for patients, as rewards after completing a test or procedure, and simply as entertainment and distraction.

If you are planning to donate items to SickKids this holiday season please check out the holiday donations page on our website first and connect with the Donations Coordinator. There are several ways to support SickKids families this year, including:

  • Gift-in-kind donations: donations of unwrapped brand new toys, books, electronics, crafts and other items. Please see donation guidelines and wish lists.
  • Sponsor-A-Family Program: This program will match donors with a SickKids family who has been selected based on a priority need. Due to the overwhelming support and generosity from the community, the Sponsor-a-Family program is now closed. We have found sponsors for all eligible families.

Due to patient safety, privacy, and infection control policies, SickKids cannot accept all gift-in-kind donations and donors cannot give the items directly to the patients. SickKids created the donations guidelines to ensure that the community’s generosity is fully appreciated and put to good use during the season of giving. SickKids is accepting gift-in-kind donations until Wednesday December 14. Items that do not meet the guidelines or that are delivered past the deadline will be donated to other partner agencies in the local community. For more information on other ways to support SickKids, please visit http://www.sickkids.ca/ways-to-give

About The Hospital for Sick Children

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research and education. Founded in 1875 and affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids is one of Canada’s most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that have helped children globally. Its mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized family-centred care; pioneer scientific and clinical advancements; share expertise; foster an academic environment that nurtures health-care professionals; and champion an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system. SickKids is proud of its vision for Healthier Children. A Better World. For more information, please visit www.sickkids.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Caitlin McNamee-Lamb
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
416-813-7654 ext 1436