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How to donate holiday gifts to families at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

We have made some important changes to our donation policies in order to protect the safety of our patients, our staff, and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Though we are accepting certain toy and gift donations at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital this holiday season, donation appointments must be arranged in advance with hospital staff members, and masks must be worn during drop-offs. Check out our standards below to learn more.
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Every year, our generous community of donors help make the holidays special for families whose children are receiving treatment at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

We’re honored that so many compassionate individuals and organizations choose to donate toys and gifts – or offer to support our families and hospital staff in other ways. If you plan to donate this holiday season, please note that we have made some important changes to our policies in order to protect the safety of our patients, our staff, and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help potential donors understand our needs and standards in 2020, we’ve compiled this donation guide. You can also scroll down to view a helpful instructional video from our hospital staff. Thank you for your generosity and for your decision to support our families this year!

What donations do you accept?

We can only accept new, unwrapped toys, books, clothes, and crafts in their original packaging. To protect our patients – some of whom have weakened immune systems due to medical conditions or treatments – all items must come from smoke-free, pet-free, dust-free, and illness-free environments.

We cannot accept food items, candy, latex items, handmade toys or cards, violent toys or games, or items that have been in storage for several years. We also cannot accept any gift-wrapped items or items with gift tags or labels.

Do you have online wish lists?

Yes! Choosing a gift from one of our online wish lists is a great way to keep the holiday spirit alive while adhering to COVID-19 safety standards. You can purchase one or more items from our wish lists and have them shipped directly from the stores to our hospital. This limits the number of people who come into contact with the donation, further reducing the potential risk for our patients. Want to participate? Check out our donation wish list, our Target wish list, and our Amazon wish list.

What is the process for donating items to the children’s hospital?

For everyone’s safety, all donations must be arranged in advance with children’s hospital staff.

We host “Donation Days” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday and Thursday from Nov. 30 to Dec. 21. On those days, we have a dedicated staff member available to meet you and collect donations outside the main entrance of M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. To protect patient safety and confidentiality, donors cannot deliver gifts directly to patients. Please note: We will not be accepting holiday donations from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 due to patient care needs.

To schedule a donation drop-off, please contact the Child-Family Life Department at 612-273-3124 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email cfl@fairview.org.

Is it safe for me to donate in person? What COVID-19 precautions do you have in place?

On the day of your drop-off appointment, one of our staff members will meet you outside the hospital doors to accept your gift. All donors and hospital staff must wear masks during the visit. No more than two adult visitors are allowed to ensure safe social distancing, and no children can be present at the time of the drop-off. If you feel sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms before your visit, please stay home, contact our team to cancel your visit, and consider using our online wish lists to donate.

Learn more about our COVID-19 hospital and clinic visitor restrictions.

Can I mail my donation instead of dropping it off in person?

Yes. Please send your items to:

M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
2414 South 7th Street
Child Family Life Department
#MB-210-B
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Are there other ways I can contribute?

We accept monetary gifts and gift cards on behalf of our families. We also accept monetary donations directly to the hospital. These gifts support life-saving pediatric medical research and patient- and family-friendly programming. Click here to donate or learn more. 

Want to support our Child-Family Life Services program? Here’s how you can do that.

Can I drop off a donation at another M Health Fairview hospital or clinic?

Yes, some other hospital locations across M Health Fairview are also accepting holiday donations. To get started, send an email inquiry to supportmhfv@umn.edu. Once they receive your message, our team members will respond with helpful information and details. We also ask that you complete the donor information and item information sections of our gift-in-kind donation form and bring a copy of the form with you when you drop off your donation.

M Health Fairview Clinic – Smiley’s is collecting nonperishable food items and winter clothing through Jan. 29, 2021, for distribution to community organizations. Donors can drop off items in a bin located at the front of the clinic between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. The clinic is located at 2020 East 28th St., Minneapolis, Minn. Acceptable winter clothing items include:

  • Sweaters and jackets
  • Hats
  • Mittens or gloves
  • Socks and boots
  • Blankets

Interested in supporting patients at M Health Fairview Clinic – Smiley’s directly? Clinic staff members are also collecting money to purchase “Sunshine Bags” for patients. Each Sunshine Bag includes coloring books, paints, crosswords, and other pick-me-up craft items to give patients a mental health boost through the winter. Contact Stephanie at sgraber10@umphysicians.umn.edu to learn how you can donate.

I’d like to volunteer at your hospital. How can I sign up?

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer! Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot accept volunteers at this time. Please check back in the future when restrictions have lifted.



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