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Dec 15, 2011 3:53 PM by Andy Koen

Toy donations needed for Children's Hospital

Memorial Hospital for Children is hoping you'll give a new toy to one of the kids in their pediatric unit this holiday season. The hospital's Child Life Department runs primarily on donations and volunteers to maintain a pair of playrooms for patients.

They also give an age appropriate toy as a gift to each patient that checks in to help take their minds off of their illness or injury.

Child Life Specialist Jeri Young estimates that donations are down by as much as 90 percent this year.

"Christmas is usually the largest donation time because people tend to think more about kids who have to stay in the hospital, but our needs are year round," Young said.

If you'd like to donate, you can drop of toys in a set of collection bins that are decorated like large presents. They're located at each of the main entrances to the hospital.

Young says they especially need items for teenagers like board games and video games and items for infants like rattles and teethers.

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