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Christmas in July Annual Toy and Donation Drive
07/19/2013

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital treats thousands of Tampa Bay’s children every year. Whether they arrive by ambulance, are recovering from open-heart surgery or undergoing cancer treatment, they receive the finest medical treatment, emotional support and loving care available. But they have other special needs - play and distraction from their illness - that are met with the help of generous people throughout the community. 

To continue meeting this need, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is collecting monetary donations and new, unwrapped toys during a special “Christmas in July” drive. The items will be used to entertain and comfort hospitalized kids throughout the year.

“Medical settings are a new, unfamiliar world for most children, and providing them with a toy or activity can bring a momentary escape from the hospital experience and their illness,” said St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Child Life Supervisor Kelly Outlaw. “A well-stocked toy closet ensures that patients receive a gift on holidays, birthdays, during significant milestones in their treatment and whenever they need additional comfort.” 

Here’s how you can make a difference:

  • Make a monetary donation online or select a gift from our virtual toy store throughout July at StJosephsChristmas.org.
  • Become one of our community partners – dedicate a percentage of sales toward “Christmas in July,” host a workplace giving campaign, put a toy drive donation box in your place of business and/or make a sponsorship contribution. Sponsorships available starting at just $1,000.
  • Drop off toys and donations in the circular drive in front of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital during the special “Christmas in July” community event Friday, July 26, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donation requests include gift cards, electronics, kid-friendly movies, puzzles, arts and crafts supplies, bubbles, infant toys, crib mobiles, teen games and magazines. 

For more information about “Christmas in July,” to make an online donation or to see a detailed wish list, please visit StJosephsChristmas.org or call (813) 443-2046.



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