We need and appreciate community support for the children and families who come to the hospital because of surgery, illness, or accident. Activities provided by groups in the community help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and provide a much needed distraction from a routine day in the hospital. There are various opportunities for community groups to volunteer with the Child Life department throughout the year. Please contact the special events coordinator to learn how your group can become involved.
Play is an essential natural part of childhood. Play facilitates healing, coping, mastery, self-expression, creativity, achievement and learning, and is vital to a child’s growth and development. Children communicate through play.
You can help our patients by making a donation of new toys, games, and other supplies. Read our toy and gift card FAQ or call our main line at 512-324-0146 for donation guidelines. The items on our wish list are most appropriate and entertaining as determined by our clinical staff that works one-on-one with children while they are hospitalized. Please visit our Child Life Amazon wish list and Expressive Therapies Amazon wish list for our current, high priority items.
Please note: In the hospital, infections are always a risk. In order to protect our patients, all toys, stuffed animals and donated items must be new. Also, due to patient confidentiality and infection control, donors are not able to deliver gifts directly to children.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to benefit Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Child Life Department, please make checks out to the Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas (Denoting the Child Life Department) and send it to:
Children’s Medical Center Foundation
4900 Mueller Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78723
Your interest is very much appreciated! To schedule your delivery, please contact the Child Life Office at 512-324-0146.