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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hosts Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Columbus, OH - 11/17/2016

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Annual Toy Drive to benefit patients at Nationwide Children’s will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Donations will be accepted at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Downtown Outpatient Care Center Entrance located at 555 South 18th Street. Interested persons should enter the Outpatient Care Center driveway just past the valet stand and follow the signs for the toy drop off where volunteers and staff will accept toy donations for patients while donors remain in their cars.
 
After Dec. 3, donations can be received between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Fridays. All donations must be received by noon on Friday, Dec. 23 and donations cannot be accepted from Dec. 24-26. If supporters are unable to attend the Dec. 3 event and are bringing a large donation of 50 items or more, please call 614-722-3635 in advance so the appropriate staff and volunteers can accommodate the drop off.
 
Each year during the holidays, Nationwide Children’s receives countless phone calls and emails from the community asking about donating toys to patients. A gift of toys, games or activity supplies can make a big difference to children and families spending time in the hospital, especially during the holidays. While donations of food or clothing cannot be accepted, the following items are ideal:
 
Infant & Toddler toys – Especially those that are musical and/or light-up (all plastic please) 
Teethers/Rattles
Musical soothers (plastic without cloth parts)
Lego sets (small and medium sizes)
UNO Card Games
Little Tike & Fisher Price action structures and parts, people, cars, animals & trains
DVD’s, including Disney, Pixar, Teen appropriate movies – PG-13, no R please
Art supplies (24-pack crayons, markers, color pencils, scissors), coloring books, craft kits
Play-Doh and Play-Doh kits 
Amazon gift cards
 
All donated items should not be wrapped. Because of concerns regarding infection control and allergies, the hospital cannot accept used toys or used stuffed animals, including toys or stuffed animals that have never been played with, but have been in a home as part of a collection. Additionally, because of privacy laws, there will not be an opportunity to personally distribute items to patients and families. For more information on the appropriate types of toys and gifts Nationwide Children’s can accept, please click on the following link:
 
MEDIA CONTACT PRIOR TO TOY DRIVE:
Media Relations Team
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
(614) 355-0495
 
CONTACT DURING TOY DRIVE:
Linda Sandvik
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
Linda Sandvik Cell: 614-595-0713

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