|Print This Page Email this to a Friend|
Christmas in July Annual Toy and Donation Drive|
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:
Donation requests include gift cards, electronics, kid-friendly movies, puzzles, arts and crafts supplies, bubbles, infant toys, crib mobiles, teen games and magazines.