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UC Davis Children’s Hospital will launch its first virtual holiday toy drive this year at https://toydrive.ucdavis.edu.
This will replace the hospital’s traditional toy drive at the UC Davis MIND Institute. The new online format will allow staff to better accommodate the individual needs of patients, while providing donors with the opportunity to “shop” from the comfort of their home.
Funds donated will be used to purchase toys, games, crafts, electronics and more so every child spending the holiday season in the hospital will receive a gift. Remaining funds will be used to purchase gifts for hospitalized children throughout the year. The gifts might help kids mark the end of treatment or the completion of tests and other procedures, and stock the hospital’s play spaces with toys, games and other activities year-round.
“It is our hope that the community will consider joining us again this year in our efforts to improve the hospital experience for children during the holiday season,” said Diana Sundberg, manager of the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. “We are hopeful that this new online format will help us make the holidays brighter for our patients and families.”