Most of us think about giving back to the community during the holiday season, but giving to others should be something we think about year round. This past week, I contacted the Nortons Children’s Hospital in Louisville to get some ideas for how to make a difference in the lives of the patients and families affected by illness. Here are some real life easy ways to donate to Norton Childrens Hospital.
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How to Donate to Norton Children’s Hospital
The good thing about these tips from Norton is that they apply to all hospitals. If you have a local hospital that you want to support, give them a call and ask them if these are things that work for them!
Send gift cards
When children have to spend extended time in the hospital, families spend time on the road. There are many extra expenses involved in traveling back and forth to the hospital. Not only is there additional gas money needed, but the families often need to eat many unexpected meals at restaurants.
By sending gas cards and restaurant gift cards the families are able to get some relief while their child is getting the care needed in the hospital.
Tip: If you’re not sure what restaurants are close to the hospital, you can do a quick search on Google maps. Just type in the name of the hospital, then click on the word Nearby. That will give you the option to select all the restaurants that are nearby.
Did you know that you can buy gift cards for restaurants and gas stations on Amazon.com? Now this makes it even easier to do good and help others who live far away!
Have you thought about how hard it is to keep your kids calm and still when they are sick for a few hours at home? Yes, a cartoon or electronic device works well for a while, but what do you do when they get antsy or tired? One of the particular needs of the hospital is brand new toys for preschoolers and small children.
Toys that have batteries, make noises or keep small children occupied, busy and distracted are in great demand. Remember that most of the children are restricted to their beds, so think about toys that can be enjoyed in the bed.
Donate Socks & Underwear
There are some children that go into the hospital for planned procedures and have time to pack their bags from home. But there are others who end up at the hospital with nothing but the clothes on their back. The hospital is in need of brand new socks & underwear for children of all ages.
Parents don’t always have time to prepare for overnight stays at the hospital with their children. The hospital keeps small toiletries on hand for the adults who need toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant etc. This is a great way to donate those samples everyone ends up accumulating from hotel stays.
Remember, that all donations must be brand new and in their original packaging. This helps protect the patients and ensures infection control.
Include a personal note
Everyone loves a personal touch. When you send your donations, take a minute to write a note.
But remember these things:
- Write neatly and make it easy to read. Remember that you are sending these things to children. You might even want to use crayons and print.
- Keep it general. Even though you may be praying for the children and families involved, they may or may not welcome the thought of prayers or scripture. So keep your message general. Instead of saying “Praying for you” maybe you should say “We’re thinking about you today!”
What the hospital does NOT need
When I spoke with the representative from Norton Children’s Hospital I asked her if there is anything they do not need at this time. She expressed that they are very fortunate to have plenty of stuffed animals. So although many of us love to share stuffed animals, they don’t need any donated stuffed animals.
She also expressed that they have plenty of things for the NICU unit and preemies in the hospital.
For more information on ways you can support Norton Children’s Hospital, you can call the Children’s Hospital Foundation at (502) 629-8060 or visit Norton Children’s Foundation.
Have you thought about donating things like this to a children’s hospital near you? I’d love to hear your stories!