Each year as part of our holiday promotion, we tap into our many connections across various industries and collect donations for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. It’s a massive undertaking for us, but it’s worth every ounce of effort since we know we’ll put smiles on some faces. If you aren’t familiar with the hospital, it’s the one famous for “The Wave”, where everyone at the football stadium waves at the patients at the end of the first quarter. It’s an amazing experience and another example of how small gestures truly make a difference.
We know that dealing with medical issues isn’t easy for the patient. At the same time, having a family member in the hospital is emotionally taxing on the family members. Through our engagement with Stead Family Children’s Hospital, we’ve learned that not only are patients regularly allowed to select gifts that have been donated, but siblings are as well. While we’ve only had experience with a couple children’s hospitals, we’ve been told that these are common practices across the country. In addition to the need for these types of patient gifts, various departments within the hospitals have their own wish lists.
This is a project we have undertaken for several years and it brings me joy each time we make the hour-long drive to make the deliveries. Friends have even offered their vehicles so we can pack more with each trip. Our readers have often asked asked how they can participate in these acts of generosity and we’ve finally come up with an answer. Many hospitals have wish lists posted on Amazon so we’ve compiled links to several of these so you’re able to take part in this along with us. Most that we’ve looked at allow you to make a purchase and Amazon will ship it directly to the hospital! So not only can you help a hospital in your area, but you could also opt fulfill wish list items to those in another part of the country!
Please note that wish lists and “Smile” accounts are usually set up to benefit the charity and override affiliate commissions. This is likely the case should you click through our links. However, in the interest of disclosure, our affiliate information is included for tracking which may result in us receiving a small commission in some instances.
Children’s Hospital Wish Lists
Advent Health Tampa Florida Wish List
Akron Children’s Hospital Wish List
American Family Children’s Hospital Wish List
Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Wish List
Barbara Bush Children’s Center Portland Maine Wish List
Boston Medical Center- Child Life Wish List
Brenner Children’s Hospital Wish List
Bronson Children’s Hospital Wish List
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Wish List
Children’s Hospital Colorado Wish List
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Wish List
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa WI Wish List
Children’s Hospital San Antonio TX Wish List
Children’s Hospital at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center in Worcester MA Wish List
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Wish List
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Wish List
CoxHealth Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital Wish List
Dell Children’s Medical Center Wish List
Doernbecher Childrens Hospital Portland OR Wish List
Elliot Hospital Manchester, NH Wish List
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids MI Wish List
Huntsville AL Hospital For Women and Children Wish List
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Wish List
Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital Wish List
Columbus Ohio Nationwide Children’s Hospital Wish List
New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Wish List
Norton Children’s Hospital Louisville KY Wish List
Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital Indianapolis IN Wish List
Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego CA Wish List
Riley Cheer Guild for Riley Hospital for Children Wish List
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado Wish List St Louis Children’s Hospital Wish List
St Luke’s Children’s Hospital Boise Idaho Wish List
Providence Children’s Hospital in Anchorage Alaska Wish List
Tucson Medical Center Wish List
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital Wish List
University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital Wish List
University of Maryland Children’s Hospital Wish List
Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Wish List
WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital Wish List
Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Wish List
We have a list of almost 100 more hospitals, but haven’t located all their wish lists. We will continue to add to this article as we’re able to locate the details for additional hospitals. If your local hospital isn’t listed, drop us a note on social media and we’ll look into getting them added! Whether you purchase one small item or a bunch of things on their list, you should know you are making an impact!
Have you ever donated to your local children’s hospital?