Thank you for considering donating to the Child Life Program and the pediatric patients we serve. It is because of wonderfully generous people that we are able to provide our patients and their families with toys, games and activities in our playroom, teen room, waiting areas and at patients' bedsides. Gifts go a long way towards making the hospital a less threatening place and brightening a child's stay. As you consider your donation, keep the following important guidelines in mind. We have developed these guidelines to protect our most vulnerable patients.
Toys and stuffed animals: Because of our strict infection control and safety policies we only accept new toys, games, stuffed animals, books, arts and crafts, and other items. This policy is in place to protect our sickest patients who may be suffering from respiratory illnesses, suppressed immune systems or other life-threatening conditions.
Edible gifts: All edible gifts must be commercially made and factory wrapped. Unfortunately, we cannot accept homemade foods for safety and infection control reasons.
Visiting policy: Because of our infection control and safety policies and privacy regulations, we are unable to allow donors to deliver gifts directly to the children or their families.
Respect diversity: UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center serves children and families from birth through young adulthood and from all walks of life. Because of this, we ask donors to respect our patients' diverse belief systems by not including items depicting specific religious or political themes, or any items that may be violent or inappropriate for individuals under 18 years of age.
Delivery: Deliveries are scheduled through the Child Life office at least one week prior to the date of delivery so that we may arrange for a child life staff member to meet you in the main lobby. Donations should be delivered to:
UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus
Remillard Family Pavilion - 1st floor
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655
Monetary donations: You may also donate funds directly to the Child Life Fund via the UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Health Care Development Office. These funds are used throughout the year to purchase toys, arts and crafts, and other supplies that directly benefit children. To donate to this fund, visit the UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Health Care Development Office online donation page or call 508-856-5520.
If you would like a list of suggested toys, see our wish list.
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