Nationwide Childrens Hospital Hosts Annual Holiday Toy Drive

November 25, 2015

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Annual Toy Drive to benefit patients at Nationwide Children’s will be held Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Interested persons should follow the signage to the Urgent Care parking lot off of Children’s Drive and pull up along the sidewalk where volunteers and staff will accept toy donations for patients while donors remain in their cars. 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.
 
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:
 
-Toddler toys - Especially those that are musical and/or light-up (all plastic please) 
-Lego sets (small and medium sizes)
-Teethers/rattles
-Medical toy kits 
-Little Tikes & Fisher Price action structures 
-DVD’s (PG-13, no R please)
-Art supplies (crayons, markers, color pencils, scissors) & coloring books
-Play-Doh and Play-Doh kits
-Gift cards
-New or gently used children’s books
-Brand new stuffed animals with tags still attached
-Cash donations to support the Child Life Fund
 
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:
Matt Piede
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
Matt Piede’s Cell: (585)781-0774

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report's 2016-17 list of "America's Best Children's Hospitals," Nationwide Children's Hospital is America's largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children's has a staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children's physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health–funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children's remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family's ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.