How It Works
Greenville Health System Children's Hospital treats more than 100,000 infants, children and adolescents each year. That number translates to lots of children with lots of needs. Although patients in the Children's Hospital are treated by some of the best pediatricians in the country, their needs go beyond what most people consider traditional "medical care." Children's Hospital patients also have psycho-social needs, which can be met through specific items such as toys, care packages, birthday parties, attending camps, etc.
For example, a child receiving a painful treatment might benefit from the distraction of playing with a toy. A child's spirits could be lifted by having a birthday party in the hospital on that special day. Funds are very limited for these kinds of needs, which presents a special opportunity for community involvement. As a result, the Office of Philanthropy & Partnership came up with the concept of having a Virtual Toy Drive.
What Is a Virtual Toy Drive?
The Children's Hospital Virtual Toy Drive, presented by WYFF 4, is an easy, rewarding way for the community to help support patients and families of GHS Children's Hospital. The hope is that through conveying the needs of Children's Hospital, awareness and funds will be raised for these value-added items. The Virtual Toy Drive offers potential donors the opportunity to purchase items that will go directly to children who are patients at our hospital. As a donor, you know exactly how your money is being spent because you are in control of selecting items for children in need.
We see such an outpouring of support from the community throughout the year and Virtual Toy Drive is the preferred method for fulfilling those needs. We are able to provide you with a list of our most needed items and update that list frequently as our needs change. Additionally, we often lack the storage or receive items that we can't use and for that reason, we believe that Virtual Toy Drive is an innovative approach to filling a crucial need. We want our donors to feel like they are making a difference through their gifts, which is why we want you to understand just how important these value-added items are to the children and their families of Children's Hospital. You can see for yourself the impact your gift is making by going to our Donations in Action page or by watching videos from past campaigns.
Supporting the Virtual Toy Drive
The Children's Hospital Virtual Toy Drive is just like shopping on the
Internet. Once you find something you would like to purchase for use in
Children's Hospital, simply click on the "quantity" button to choose
how many you would like to buy of that particular item, and then hit the
"buy now" button. Once you have selected the items you would like to
purchase, you are ready to check out.
Once you have checked out and your gift has been finalized, the funds for your items are made available for Children's Hospital staff to order or purchase. As a donor, you are selecting an item and supplying the funds. The staff at Children's Hospital then takes care of securing the items you selected. You can feel confident in knowing that what you chose is what your money will be purchasing. All items on the Virtual Toy Drive are designated needs of Children's Hospital. The Virtual Toy Drive was created to make it easy to buy meaningful gifts needed by our patients.