It’s no secret that Easter is a holiday that children enjoy.
Hospitalized children are no exception. This very fact is a major reason hospitals and nonprofits across the country are asking the public make a donation Easter baskets before the 2022 holiday weekend.
Here are some options you might want to consider if you’re looking to play Easter Bunny this year.
UC Davis Children’s Hospital is accepting donations that will brighten patient days over Easter weekend. The hospital’s Creative Arts Therapy department is asking the public to donate treats, toys and hobby activities, so hospital staff can make personalized Easter baskets for patients pediatrics.
“We hope we can bring some joy to our patients and their families spending Easter in the hospital,” said Katherine MacDonald, program coordinator for the Department of Child Life Therapy and Creative Arts at the UC Davis. “We would love to give them the tradition of Easter baskets.”
Donations must be dropped off by Thursday, April 14, so it’s important to send in your items as soon as possible. Home deliveries can also be made in person. Staff will accept deliveries and distribute them to patients in accordance with “hospital infection control policies”.
If you’re worried your donation won’t arrive at the Sacramento hospital in time for Easter, UC Davis has released an Amazon wishlist of Easter baskets where people can buy patient gifts, which will be shipped directly to the hospital.
The non-profit organization Easter for Eli aims to donate 10,000 Easter baskets to children’s hospitals and charities across the country, according to WJAC TV.
The Pennsylvania-based organization is said to be close to achieving its goal. Martin Garrett, the founder of Easter for Eli, told local media that he started the organization in honor of his late son Elias “Eli” Garret, who died at the age of 3 after a fight of two years with Non-Hodgkin’s T-Cell. Lymphoma.
Eli loved Easter and received baskets of family and friends. The Garrett family shared their excess holiday treats with other children in the hospital.
Martin Garrett continued the Easter basket tradition to honor Eli’s memory in 2010 and since then the organization has expanded its donation reach to 21 Children’s Hospitals, 14 Ronald McDonald Houses and three Shriner Hospitals in Pennsylvania, Maryland. , Ohio, West Virginia, Delaware and Washington DC.
Easter for Eli accepts cash donations and sells clothing to keep the organization running. The nonprofit organization also welcomes items donated in craft baskets, including stuffed animals and other toys, clothing, electronic gadgets, art supplies, handmade gifts, games and childcare products.
The Wildcard Foundation of Tustin, CA is holding an 8th Annual Easter Basket Drive to benefit pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Free baskets are provided to donors who contact the Wildcard Foundation directly. The organization has a list of approved items that can be packed in these baskets, which include gifts for teen patients (headphones, journals, and socks), sensory experiences (kinetic sand, light-up toys, pop tubes), and health mental (stress balls, fidget toys and aromatherapy lotions).
The Wildcard Foundation will also accept cash or single item donations.
If donors physically drop off items, they have until Saturday, April 9.