Children’s of Mississippi host virtual toy drive

Children’s of Mississippi host virtual toy drive
Cutting the ribbon on the Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower at Children's of Mississippi are, from left, the Sanderson's daughters Julie Richard, Emily Whitaker and Katie Creath; patient Miracle Brown and her grandmother Aretha Edwards; state Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Sybil Cumberland and her mother Tara Cumberland; Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine; former Gov. Phil Bryant; and Melanie Morgan, board chair of Friends of Children's Hospital. Behind them stand leaders in medicine and government. (Source: UMMC)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The state’s only children’s hospital is asking for virtual toy donations this holiday season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Santa’s helpers are asked to order from the Children’s of Mississippi’s wish list on Amazon and Walmart.

“To limit the spread of COVID-19, we’re asking the many families, individuals, and businesses making toy donations to order through our wish lists,” said Jen Hospodor, director of community partnerships at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “This will keep our community safer and will ensure contactless delivery of toys that will brighten the holidays for our patients and their families.”

During Christmas, patients receive gifts selected for their ages and interests. Toy donations through these online wish lists will make those holiday surprises possible.

“Each of our patients receive holiday gifts at Christmas, from our youngest patients in the NICU to teenagers,” Hospodor said, “because of the kindness of our community.”

Items included on the list are baby dolls and Barbies, trucks and dinosaurs, activity books, art projects, and personal care items.

Other items include functional, such as sensory toys for babies and pajama pants, socks, and slippers for children and teens.

Toys are needed all year long, for patients in the hospital on their birthday and for incentives acknowledging healthy behavior or completing treatment, said child life specialist Tiffany Key.

“We need toys and other items especially at the holidays,” she said, “since we make sure each child has a gift bag to help celebrate this special time of year even while in the hospital.”

More information is available at umc.edu/inkinddonations.

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