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Brighten the Holidays for Hospitalized Children





(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -To make the donation of toys and other gifts easier for generous businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals who would like to make the season brighter for hospitalized infants, children, teens and other pediatric patients, UC Davis is offering donors the opportunity to drive-up and drop-off donations for the holidays.

Gifts can be dropped off in the circular driveway of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Dec. 19 through 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donors will be greeted in the driveway by children's hospital staff.

"We really appreciate all our donors and wanted to make their gift-giving easier," said Diana Sundberg, manager of the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. "Our donors' thoughtfulness will make an important difference in the lives of many families who have a sick child in the hospital during the holiday season."

The gifts will brighten the holidays for hospitalized children, including children in the pediatric emergency department and children treated in outpatient clinics and at the UC Davis MIND Institute, which researches and treats neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.

Toys and gifts also will be used in the various hospital playrooms and waiting areas throughout the year. Please note: Even slightly used toys cannot be accepted because of infection-control precautions.

For a list of suggested holiday donations: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/7223