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Children's Services - Community Support

Pediatric PlayroomOur well-appointed children’s playroom at Moses Cone Hospital is furnished thanks to the generosity of community donors. We greatly appreciate your willingness to help our young patients cope with the stress of hospitalization.

Donations may be left at the central information desk on the first floor or delivered directly to the children’s unit on the sixth floor. Contact the Recreation Therapy Department prior to delivery at (336) 832-7207. Please be sure to attach your name and address to the donation so that we can send you an acknowledgement.

Donated Items We Can Accept

Please follow our important toy safety and infection control guidelines. We can accept:

  • New toys, books and games
  • "Gently" used plastic toys that can be washed, such as Fisher-Price, Playskool, Little Tikes, etc.
  • New and used video games for Play Station, PSII and XBOX.
  • DVDs (PG and G-rated).
  • New stuffed animals.

Donations We Are Unable To Accept

Items we cannot accept include:

  • Used items such as fabric dolls, stuffed animals, cardboard games, books and puzzles.
  • Rubber/latex balloons because of choking dangers and latex allergies. Only mylar balloons are acceptable.
  • Toys with many small parts; toys that can break and leave sharp edges; or electrical, spark-producing/friction-producing toys (because of fire regulations).
  • We do not accept toys that depict violence in any way. No guns, swords, "action" or fighting figures will be accepted.
  • Religious materials. Because we serve children of various faiths and beliefs, we cannot accept materials with a religious theme.
  • No gifts of food are allowed because many of our patients are on special diets.

Age Appropriate Donation Suggestions

Referring to the recommended age labeling on toys can help when choosing items. Use your imagination to think of what the children would enjoy while recovering in the hospital. Have fun!

Please note if you or your volunteer group would like to do a community service project to support our youngest patients, our Recreation Therapy department must approve your project. Please call (336) 832-7207 if you have questions.

Other Support Opportunities

Community Service Projects

If you or your volunteer group would like to do a community service project to support our youngest patients, our Recreation Therapy department must approve your project. Please call (336) 832-7207 if you have questions.

Gift Donations

We need gifts for newborns to children 18 years old. The following are suggested gifts broken into age groups:

Infants/Toddlers: Rattles, teethers, squeeze toys, activity centers, mobiles, musical toys, toys that light up or make noise, stacking toys, crib activity centers, board books, receiving blankets, 3-6 months clothes, 6-9 months clothes, onesies and lullaby CDs.

Preschool: Little Tikes toys, no-spill bubble tumblers, baby dolls, cars and trucks, Fisher-Price play medical kit, musical toys, non-toxic paint/brushes and Play-Doh packs.

School Age: Etch-A-Sketch, Magna Doodle, board games, Crayola art kits, jewelry kits, craft kits, video games, Barbie dolls, hand-held games, nontoxic paint/brushes, DVDs, Duplos/Legos, coloring books/crayons, hand-held electronic games and new stuffed animals.

Teens: Gift cards to popular stores, Uno cards, playing cards, Jenga, Taboo, iPod Touch, electronic tablets, e-Reader devices, models, craft kits, stationery, crossword or word search books, magazines, video games, DVDs, make-up, aftershave, body lotions and nail polish.

Donations For Elizabeth's Closest

Every family deserves to bring their baby home with all of the supplies and equipment needed to care for their newborn with confidence. That's why the Family Support Network of Central Carolina offers Elizabeth's Closet on the Women’s Hospital campus.

Elizabeth’s Closet is a storehouse of supplies for eligible families who are finally going home with their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit "grads." We are always in need of supplies to keep our many support services for families going strong.

Donations of new or gently used baby items and equipment help us to stock our storehouse of supplies for needy families.

  • New bottles with nipples.
  • Hooded towels.
  • Receiving blankets.
  • New or gently used infant clothing, especially preemie and newborn size clothing for girls.
  • Frog positioning aids.
  • Diapers, newborn or size 1.
  • New or gently used breastfeeding pillows.
  • Head-molding helmets.
  • Onesies, size newborn or 0-3 months.
  • New or like new baby furniture and equipment (give us a call to check for need). Please make sure these items are clean and in good working condition.
  • Scrapbooks or scrapbooking supplies.
  • Gas cards for families who must travel long distances to be with their babies.
  • Grocery gift cards or vouchers.
  • Restaurant gift cards or coupons.
  • High-back, reclining high chair (great for infants and toddlers with special needs).

Your support is very much appreciated. If you have questions, please call the Family Support Network at (336) 832-6507. Donations may be delivered to 801 Green Valley Road in Greensboro.

Adopt A Frog Program

Frog Positioning AidA “Frog” is a beanbag positioning aid that is shaped like one of those amiable amphibians. Originally designed by a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse, a Frog helps with comfortable positioning of a premature baby. The Frog may be placed around the infant's head, neck or hips. It can be adjusted for special positioning needs, or used as an extra set of hands, giving the infant a snuggled feeling.

For each donation of $15, the Family Support Network of Central Carolina­­ can purchase a Frog for an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit who needs one. Click here to read more and make a secure online donation.