In The Know with Gino: Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Launches Annual ‘Christmas in July’ Toy Drive

XmasjulyGraphic courtesy of Children’s Hospital at Erlanger

CHATTANOOGA, TN – The Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is gearing up for its highly anticipated Annual Christmas in July Toy Drive, set to commence on Saturday, July 1st. Throughout the entire month, community members are encouraged to participate by dropping off donations, including toys, clothing, and more, outside the Children’s Emergency Department entrance located at 910 Blackford Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

The initiative, which aims to bring joy and comfort to young patients during their hospital stay, has become a beloved tradition at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. The generosity of donors has made a significant impact on the children’s well-being, helping to create a warm and welcoming environment.

To ensure the safety and well-being of the young patients, the hospital has established a donation policy that includes guidelines for donors to follow. Some of the key guidelines are as follows:

  1. All toys and stuffed animals must be new and unwrapped.
  2. Handmade items such as blankets and scarves are accepted and are thoroughly washed at the hospital before being given to the patients. Donors with specific questions regarding handmade donations are encouraged to contact the Child Life department.
  3. Toys must be non-toxic and sturdy, avoiding those that may break and leave sharp edges.
  4. Electrical, spark-producing, or friction-producing toys are prohibited due to fire regulations.
  5. DVDs should have a rating of G, PG, or PG-13.
  6. Video games should be rated E for everyone.
  7. Arts and crafts kits should not include glitter.
  8. Rubber/latex balloons are not allowed inside the hospital premises.
  9. The hospital does not accept cards for patients.

By adhering to these guidelines, donors can ensure that their contributions align with the safety and infection prevention measures set by the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

The Christmas in July Toy Drive provides an opportunity for the community to come together and make a positive impact on the lives of young patients. The hospital staff, volunteers, and children eagerly anticipate the influx of donations, as they know the joy and excitement that will be brought to the hospital during this festive event.

The Children’s Hospital at Erlanger extends its heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participates in the toy drive, emphasizing the significant difference each donation makes in the lives of the children undergoing treatment. The collective efforts of the community will undoubtedly create a memorable and joyful experience for the young patients this July.

For further information or specific inquiries regarding the toy drive, please go to the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger website HERE.

SOURCES: NOOGAtoday / Children’s Hospital at Erlanger