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Ways to Help
Donations and useful items are needed year-round for patients and families from birth to 21. UF Health greatly appreciates donations, but we ask that you please follow the guidelines below to ensure our patients’ safety.
To protect the privacy of our patients, donors will not be allowed to deliver room to room. All donated items will be distributed to patients by Child Life staff.
In-Kind Donation Guidelines
- Due to infection control guidelines, all toys or items of any kind must be brand new and in original packaging. We cannot accept any used or gently used items.
- Stuffed animals and plush toys will not be accepted unless they are in the original manufacturers packaging.
- Please do not include food, candy, or gum. Many patients are on restricted diets.
- All items must be politically and religiously neutral, please do not include religious reading material.
- Latex items are not permitted (including latex balloons), many individuals have latex allergies.
- All donated art items such as paint, crayon, glue, etc. must be labeled non-toxic
- Please make sure items do not contain small parts such as buttons, glass, magnetic balls or any game that contains magnetic pieces.
- Please do not include any toy or item that contains button batteries.
- Please do not include any items that represent violence (soldiers, guns, war games, etc.).
- Please do not gift wrap items as everything needs to be checked for safety.
Wish lists and Suggested Donations
- In order to make donating toy items as convenient as possible we have created an Amazon wish list of new items.
- Online donations can be accessed via our secure giving site.
- Printable Wish List (DOC).
- For the Holiday season, please call the Child Life office for specific needs: (352) 594-6470.
Community Fundraising & Toy Drive Requirements
Any person or organization interested in participating in the MyCommunity Fundraiser Program must complete an Event Proposal Application and submit a brief summary of the event or campaign. The application must be submitted for prior approval through the UF Health Office of Development. This application process allows us to identify how the funds raised will best benefit our organization.
Interested in hosting a MyCommunity Fundraising Program?
- Please complete the application and submit for approval by sending to the Office of Development, email@example.com, or fax to 352-265-7954.
- Check out the MyCommunity Fundraiser Planning Kit, which provides tips and resources for your event, including fundraising procedures, promotional material and keys to success!
All donated items will be accepted and approved by the Child Life or Volunteer Services staff. Advanced notice of your donation is greatly appreciated. Please contact the Child Life Department at 352-594-6470 or Volunteer Services Department 352-265-0360 to schedule your delivery and for specific drop off instructions.