The holidays were merry and bright for hospitalized kids at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, thanks to $21,376 that was raised during this year’s Virtual Toy Drive. Additional donors contributed by purchasing items from the hospital’s Amazon wish list, which delivered items directly to the hospital.
“As this year has been difficult for so many people both emotionally and financially, I was concerned about how we were going to provide for the children during the holiday season,” said Diana Sundberg, manager of the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. “The community has once again surpassed my expectations with their generosity and giving. The response and support have been amazing!”
The toy drive provided free toys for every hospitalized child from infants through teens. Toys were also given to pediatric patients in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s pediatric infusion room as well as to children served by the UC Davis CAARE Center.
Additional funds will be used to support pediatric patients throughout 2021, providing toys, art supplies, music supplies, treasure box prizes and giveaways during their hospitalization as well as visits to the Comprehensive Cancer Center and MIND Institute. Children who celebrate their birthday in the hospital will also receive gifts, thanks to the generosity of donors.
“What we have found with the pandemic and the closing of our community play spaces, is that we require a larger supply of play items to meet the needs of the children at their bedside,” Sundberg said.