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Help Us Support Child Life Programs!

When a child is admitted to the hospital, it can be a very unsettling experience. One of the ways that hospitals alleviate the anxiety of procedures and unfamiliar surroundings is by providing toys, activities, puzzles and other items that can pre-occupy the child and distract them from their situation. These seemingly small (and inexpensive) items make a huge impact on the well-being of the child. The gesture also gives parents the confidence that their child is coping well.

To help alleviate the shortage of items that our hospitals experience from time to time, Northwest EMS is now a collection site for the Child Life programs at Penn Medicine/LGH and Penn State HMC. We will accept donations at any of our stations and donated items will be delivered to the hospitals quarterly (March, June, September and December).

Suggested items include:

Plastic crib toys, electronic light-up/musical toys, plastic stacking/nesting toys/infant links, Playschool Glo Worm, Duplo Legos, and board books, Fisher Price Little People items and Little People animals, Legos, K’nex & magnet tile sets, Play Doh kits/containers, plastic play food, Barbie & Ken dolls (all ethnicities), dolls, puzzles, cars/trucks/Matchbox cars, Remote control cars, Fisher Price doctor’s kits, I Spy Books/Look & Find books, Reading books, Superhero Marvel & Avengers action figures, playing cards, puzzles, nail polish, ear buds, board games, art and craft supplies, and stickers.

All donations MUST BE new items. Child Life cannot accept used items.

Thank you for helping us support this great program. If you have any questions about this outreach initiative, please contact our Community Outreach Manager (Lori Shenk) at

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