Nationwide Children’s Hospital Offers Many Ways to Give to Patients During the Holiday Season

November 21, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio – There are many opportunities for the local community and supporters of Nationwide Children’s Hospital around the country to give back to help patients during the holiday season. A complete list of events can be found here.

“In the spirit of the holiday season, so many people are looking for ways to give back and we could not be more grateful for the generosity of local community members and businesses,” said Niki Shafer, senior vice president of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We hope people will help when they can because each contribution, whether monetary or a gift of toys or supplies, benefits patients and their families everywhere.”

Holiday Toy Drive
Dec. 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Nationwide Children’s will collect new toys and gift cards during the annual toy drive on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Wish List for the Top 10 needed items by patients and staff. Items also can be donated via Amazon’s Wish List and will be delivered directly to the hospital. Please no clothes or food. During the first two hours, Harlem Globetrotter and Columbus native Zeus McClurkin will be on hand to greet supporters as they drop off their gifts. Donations can be dropped off at the Nationwide Children’s Outpatient Care Center, located at 555 S. 18th St.

For those who can’t attend the Toy Drive, Nationwide Children’s will accept holiday donations from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Fridays.

The latest the hospital can accept holiday toy donations is noon Dec. 20. Gifts cannot be accepted from Dec. 21-Jan. 1. Drop-offs will resume on Jan. 2 at the main hospital tower entrance.

Cheer on The Harlem Globetrotters 
The Harlem Globetrotters have teamed up with the On Our Sleeves movement to transform children’s mental health. Globetrotter showman Hammer Harrison designed an arm sleeve to be worn throughout the season that features the design and icon elements of the On Our Sleeves platform. For the first time in Globetrotters history, a shooting sleeve is available for sale in youth and adult sizes. Tickets for the Dec. 29 games at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. can be purchased here.  

Tween fashion, merchandise and accessory retailer Justice, along with their associates and customers, are supporting Nationwide Children’s through their in-store campaign through Jan. 4. Every dollar raised supports new breakthroughs and advancements in pediatric research at the hospital.

Panera Bread®
During the month of November, central Ohio Panera customers will have an opportunity to round up their purchase in support of On Our Sleeves, the movement to transform pediatric mental health.

Donatos® and Cheryl’s® (67 Central Ohio Donatos Locations)
Through their annual Sweetness of the Holidays campaign, Donatos will offer the Nationwide Children’s Butterfly cookie baked by Cheryl’s in restaurants and online from Nov. 19 through Jan 6. When patrons buy a Cheryl’s cookie for $1.50, all proceeds will support lifesaving research and care. Fifty cents from every bottle of Aquafina water sold at Donatos also benefits the hospital.

Give Kids a Someday Holiday Campaign
Now through the end of the year, the central Ohio community can donate to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation annual holiday campaign. No amount is too small and will help continue the life-saving research and care at the hospital.

Shop for a Cause
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation e-store has a variety of items for purchase throughout the holiday season. From the On Our Sleeves, “I Break Stigmas” t-shirt to specially-designed holiday cards and ornaments, shopping at the e-store is an opportunity to help kids everywhere.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems 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 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 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 Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at