[music]>>Hi, I’m Bethany.>>And I’m Alice.>>And I’m Sam.>>Here at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, We are very lucky to be supported by such a generous community. We are incredibly grateful for the donations that we receive as they help us support the needs of our patients and families throughout the year.>>As a child life specialist, part of my job is to help normalize the hospital environment for children and create a therapeutic environment for our patients and families throughout their hospital stay. Your donations help us to provide support during procedures, distraction and therapeutic play opportunities.>>I have had to spend time here in the hospital. Being in the hospital can be hard but love that I can still have fun when I
am here. Your donations help make that happen! But as much as we love donations, there are some rules to keep all of us kids
safe.>>For anyone interested in making a donation, we do have some guidelines.>>All donations must be brand new, unopened and in their original packaging. We are not able to accept any used or handmade items. We are a fragrance free environment and all items must be fragrance free. Please do not wrap your donation but we gladly accept donations of brand new gift wrap materials.>>As much as we love cuddly stuffed animals, due to infection control rules we cannot accept any donations of stuffed animals or homemade items. Some things that we really like Are legos And cars.>>Barbies. Play-doh, other arts and crafts.>>And board games.>>We also have a wish list of items and our donation guidelines located on the BBCH website. We always appreciate donations but for the safety and privacy of our patients and families, we do not allow individuals or groups to hand deliver donations directly to patients.>>All donations can be dropped off at the information desk in the main lobby of Maine Medical Center>>Located at 22 Bramhall Street. For the safety of our patients, if donated items do not meet our guidelines, we will redistribute them to local charities.>>In addition to the donations that we receive year round, we are grateful for the large amount of donations that we receive during the holiday season. During the month of December, your donations help us to create a holiday experience for our patients and families while they are in the hospital. Please see this year’s holiday donation
deadline at the end of this video. In addition to donations of toys, the patients here at The Barbara Bush Children’s
Hospital also deserve the very best care possible. We also welcome financial gifts through our website bbch.org/donate. Donated funds will be put to use in the areas of greatest need throughout the children’s hospital. Your generosity will support programs and services that we would otherwise not be able to provide.>>If you have any questions about the process for donating items, please email the child life team at [email protected]>>Thank you so much for thinking of all the children and families at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. Thank you for helping to make our hospital stay a little bit easier!