No child wants to spend the holidays in the hospital. Learn how you can support our patient families this holiday season and provide life-saving research and care. Get involved with our holiday programs, donate in honor or tribute of loved ones, and shop our gift shop.
Donate to a Holiday Fund
During the holiday season, Nationwide Children's has multiple funds to support holiday specific giving. From supporting patient families to reading programs, click a program below to learn more about it.
Make a gift to our life-saving research and care in honor of or memory of a loved one. Upon donation, we'll help you send a notification of your thoughtful gift.
Are your customers, clients and employees still remote this season? Make a donation to Nationwide Children's on their behalf. Upon donation, we'll send them a notification of your gift.
With a bit of planning, you can make a gift to Nationwide Children's that costs you less and help you achieve your financial goals! Learn more about maximizing your year-end gift and stretch your giving dollars.
Shop our Online Store
Give a gift with a purpose this holiday season! From candles to collectable ornaments, shopping from our Foundation Store not only checks an item off your gift list, but also provide support to the patient at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
This year's Kinder Key is inspired by Rhett, who was born at 38 weeks and with a significant heart murmur. He underwent open-heart surgery at 17 months old and soared though recovery. Today, Rhett is a very happy, sweet and funny almost four-year-old who plays soccer in a U4 league. (Angel measures 5 inches tall.)
This year's Kinder Key is inspired by Rhett, who was born at 38 weeks and with a significant heart murmur. He underwent open-heart surgery at 17 months old and soared though recovery. Today, Rhett is a very happy, sweet and funny almost four-year-old who plays soccer in a U4 league. (Angel measures 3.5 inches tall.)
New Hope for Young Heart Candle sales benefit the Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The candles are small batch, hand crafted candles created from post-consumer glass bottles. Six candle scents are available: Rosemary & Sage, Seasalt & Orchid, Jasmine & Currant, Juniper Breeze, Maple Apple Pie, Vanilla Chestnut, and Christmas Hearth!
Have a delightfully memorable experience decorating the classic sugar cookies in our wintertime fun cookie decorating kit. You'll find penguins, snowmen, snowflakes, mittens and more! Cookies are only available by delivery, and must be delivered within Columbus or surrounding area.
Join the Columbus Crew and become a champion for children’s mental health by purchasing a Wrap them in Support soccer scarf.
Designed by Kalyn, age 7, this package of holiday cards contains 12 cards, 13 envelopes, and is only $15. All proceeds benefit the Hospital's areas of greatest need.
Order holiday cards featuring art designed by our patients that benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Spread kindness with an HOMAGE "Kindness is My Superpower" t-shirt. We are grateful that HOMAGE is donating 100% of net proceeds to On Our Sleeves so we can continue to provide free educational resources to every community in America.
Donate Toys & Gifts
Nationwide Children's Hospital accepts toys for our patient families year-round and especially during the holidays. If you would like to make a toy donation this season, learn more about holiday toy donations below.
A gift of toys, games or activity supplies can make a big difference to children and families spending time in the hospital. Our donation wish list contains some of the most-needed items.
Help us provide 1,000 pairs of pajamas to central Ohio families. The Women's Board of Nationwide Children's Hospital is collecting pajamas for families participating in the Maternal-Infant Home Visitation programs offered by The Center For Family Safety and Healing.
Donations collected for the Family Holiday Help Program will be used to purchase gift cards that will be distributed to families in need. Your generous donation provides holiday cheer to a family and enables them to experience the joy of shopping for their children's holiday gifts.
Learn how you can donate your gently used books to Reach Out and Read.
Join us for seasonal fun
Nationwide Children's Hospital fundraising volunteers organize events to support the hospital each season. Join them for some seasonal fun while giving back!
Grow a Beard. Make a Difference. Join hundreds of Central Ohio men for the 11th annual NovemBEARD.
During the month of December, gather together your family and friends, your neighbors, or your child's scout troop or school group and spend an evening caroling. Groups can pick their own date and times to carol in their neighborhoods. All proceeds benefit the Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Note: COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed.
Join us for our Holiday Wish Toy Drive from December 4 - 12. Because safety is important, you must sign-up for a drop-off appointment to deliver your toys.
Give the gift of theater this holiday season while supporting the Hospice and Palliative Care Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Butterfly Guild proudly presents Cinderella at the Palace Theatre March 4, 5, & 6, 2022! The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance.
Support Nationwide Children's where you shop
Nationwide Children's is supported by so many incredible businesses this holiday season. You can support our patients and families with a donation in-store or online at these partners who give back to the hospital.
From November 7, 2021 through January 3, 2022, purchase a Cheryl's Cookie at Donatos and $1.50 will help provide free mental health resources to children and families throughout our community.
On Giving Tuesday, join in on the holiday spirit at any of the 100 central Ohio Speedway locations to make a donation to support Nationwide Children's Hospital.
This holiday season, Ace Hardware is asking customers to round up their purchase to support kids health and wellness.