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Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hosts Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Columbus, OH - 11/17/2017

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Annual Toy Drive to benefit patients at the hospital will take place Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Donations will be accepted at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Downtown Urgent Care parking lot. Those interested in making a donation are encouraged to follow the signage from Children’s Drive and pull up along the sidewalk in the Urgent Care parking lot where volunteers and staff will accept toy donations while donors remain in their cars.
 
After Dec. 9, the hospital can receive donations between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday. The latest the hospital can accept Holiday toy donations is noon Dec. 22 and gifts cannot be accepted from Dec. 23-26. Drop-offs will resume on Dec. 27 at the main hospital tower entrance. If supporters 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.
 
Please note, the hospital is unable to accept donations from Dec. 1-8.
 
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:
Robbii Miller
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
Robbii Miller Cell: (301) 523-2420

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