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Holiday Giving

Your donations help bring cheer to our patients year round but, this time of year in particular, they make our annual "Snowflake Central" shop possible. Many parents are reluctant to leave their child's bedside for five minutes, let alone enough time to brave crowded stores. Many also feel the weight of financial challenges. Snowflake Central helps parents give their child a holiday experience even while spending their holiday in the hospital.

If you are interested in being a part of Snowflake Central, here are some things you should know:

We've made our list (and checked it, twice!)

Our Child Life Specialists have prepared a list of our patients most needed and requested items. In order for your gift to have the greatest impact, view our Holiday Wish List

Donations must meet a few safety guidelines 

Due to safety and infection control guidelines we are unable to accept the following items:

  • Used items of any kind, including: fabric dolls, stuffed animals, games, books, and puzzles
  • Homemade items: food, blankets, pillows, and toys
  • Toys that have not been played with but have been on display or stored on shelves at home
  • Items that are not in original manufacturer's packaging or do not have original manufactures tags
  • Non-Crayola brand crayons
  • Materials with a religious theme
  • Gift wrapped items


Holiday donations will be accepted up until December 13th. If you would like to schedule a drop off, contact Jenny Dickinson at 315-464-9330 or dickinsj@upstate.edu

No time to shop? No problem

Monetary gifts are a great way to support hospitalized children and families by providing clinical research, specialized equipment, and gas and meal gift cards. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through the Upstate Foundation.

Note: Donations may be shared with pediatric patients who are treated in our clinics. Donations that cannot be distributed to hospitalized children due to infection control, safety guidelines, or space issues will be given to organizations in the community that serve children and families like those served at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.