Photo of pediatric patient playing with gift Toys for hospitalized pediatric patients need to be age appropriate and safety inspected by an adult.

Many local companies have been very generous in remembering children who are in the hospital over the holidays. UC Davis Children's Hospital is very grateful for all support over the years shown to young patients who have to spend at least part — if not all — of December receiving treatments or recovering from injuries.

To help make giving to the hospital easier, children's hospital staff members are offering two days – December 20 and 21 – when they will be available to receive gifts. Company representatives are invited to bring their gifts to the lobby of the main hospital at UC Davis Medical Center, 2315 Stockton Blvd., between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Children's hospital asks companies planning on delivering gifts to follow these guidelines:

  • Children's hospital has patients who range in age from 0 to 17. Try to include gifts appropriate for infants and older adolescents in addition to elementary school-aged children. Developmental toys and rattles are perfect for the very young, while CDs, DVDs and video games are perfect for teens
  • Don't forget that ill and injured children in the hospital have family members staying with them who sometimes have to travel long distances. Because mobile phone use is restricted in the hospital, phone cards are great ideas for them, along with gift cards for local grocers or gasoline.
  • Toys and games that can keep children occupied are ideal, including puzzles, coloring books, arts and crafts sets, and model kits with parts that do not require glue but snap into place.
  • Used gifts, even slightly used gifts, cannot be accepted.

Children's hospital thanks all companies that have so generously supported its patients. Gifts bring smiles to their faces and help them through what is likely one of the toughest times of their lives. Children's hospital looks forward to the support of Sacramento-area companies again this year.

For assistance or to find out about special holiday wish list items from patients, contact Jacquelyn Kay-Mills at (916) 734-9192 or Cindy Jones at (916) 734-7153.