How to Help this Holiday Season

Four Ways to Help American Family Children's HospitalMany families use the holiday season to teach their children about generosity and giving back to the community. Here are four simple ways your family can make a difference in the lives of the children and families at American Family Children’s Hospital.

 In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations (also known as the Child Life Wish List) are welcome at American Family Children’s Hospital all year long. Donated toys and gifts can provide distraction during a procedure or a clinic waiting area. They are also used to restock our playrooms, celebrate a birthday spent in the hospital or a completion of a treatment.

Choose an item from our wish list and drop it off at our Guest Depot or order from our online gift registries.

Here are a few items that we can always use:

  • Bubbles
  • Crayola crayons, markers and colored pencils
  • Distraction items
  • Rattles (all plastic)
  • Gift cards ($5 and $10 increments to Target, Walmart, Best Buy)
  • Glad Press’n Seal
  • Newer release DVDs
    • Patients love Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks
    • PG-13 movies are great for our teen patients
  • Play-Doh
  • Reusable wall decals for all ages

 Donate to the Greatest Need Fund

Donations to support the Greatest Need Fund will provide an immediate resource for American Family Children’s Hospital administrators to support emerging needs. A few examples of how the Greatest Need Fund has made a difference include improving laundry facilities for families and providing free family meals for families. Gifts to this fund allow us to be flexible and respond to changing circumstances, and can have the greatest impact.

Kids Helping Kids

The Kids Helping Kids program celebrates and empowers kids, tweens and teens interested in helping patients and families at American Family Children’s Hospital. You can host a Change Challenge, organize a Caps Day at your school or try a hop-a-thon.

 Family Meals

When a child has to remain in the hospital, families are often faced with the burden of paying for regular meals as they try to remain by the bedside. Each month approximately 16 free meals are provided to help alleviate some of the stress families face.

If you’re interested in donating a family meal, please contact:

Julie Auenson
(608) 890-8095
jauenson@uwhealth.org