Hospital Needs Holiday Gifts for Young Patients

December 18, 2012

To keep the tradition of giving each hospitalized patient a gift on Christmas, Children’s Medical Center ( issued a community-wide appeal Tuesday for unwrapped gifts.

Donations are down from past years, hospital officials said. A storage area which is typically full by mid-December is largely empty.

With only one week to go until Christmas, hospital officials said they are increasingly worried about their ability to provide presents. In particular, gifts are needed for infants/toddlers and for teenagers.

“I’m concerned we will not be able to provide age appropriate gifts for every child in the hospital, as well as sustain our playrooms for 2013, given the current status of donations,’ said Kristen Johnson, manager in the hospital’s Child Life department.

Hospital staff will wrap all donated gifts before Christmas Day. Used gifts cannot be accepted. Children’s will accept donated gifts until Dec. 23.

Donations of new gifts may be dropped off at the valet stand at the main entrance of Children’s Medical Center at 1935 Medical District Drive, Dallas, TX 75235. They can also be mailed to that address and should be directed to the attention of the hospital’s Child Life Department.

Any gifts that are not distributed on Christmas are given to patients throughout the remainder of the year on birthdays and other milestones, such as when a child completes a difficult course of treatment. The donations are also used to stock the shelves of playrooms that patients use when they are hospitalized.

Needed items for infants and toddlers include outfits and bibs; baby rattles and toys that light up or make noise. Also, bouncy seats and mobiles made of all plastic parts.

For teens, needed items include PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games, all of which must be rated E for everyone; compact discs and DVD movies for children; compact discs and DVD movies for teens; professional sports and college sports T-shirts; arts and crafts kits for teens; retail store gift cards for businesses such as Walmart, Target, Old Navy and other stores; and hobby store gift cards for shopping outlets such as Hobby Lobby, Party City, Michael’s and other businesses.

Donations of AA, C and D batteries also are requested. 

About Children’s Medical Center

Children's Medical Center is private, not-for-profit and is the fifth largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. Children’s was the state’s first pediatric hospital to achieve Level 1 Trauma status and is the only pediatric teaching facility in North Texas, affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center. For more information about Children’s, please visit