Bridgeport Hospital announces changes to toy donation policy

Thursday, December 3, 2020

BRIDGEPORT, CT (Dec. 3, 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridgeport Hospital has announced revised toy/gift-in-kind donation guidelines. The announcement coincides with new guidelines implemented by Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH), which provides inpatient and outpatient pediatric services at Bridgeport Hospital.

“Given the current pandemic, we have been forced to make changes this year to further reduce the risk of infection,” said Magna Dias, MD, chair of Pediatrics at Bridgeport Hospital “The new guidelines are aligned with infection prevention protocol, visitation policies and other COVID-19 related practices.”

The following changes in accepting donations of toys and other gifts during the 2020 holiday season include:

  • No in-person donation deliveries.
  • Items collected in large-scale toy drives cannot be accepted for our pediatric patients.
  • Donations from our pre-approved donation wish lists can be accepted via mail/shipment only.

Due to pandemic guidelines, Bridgeport Hospital is not able to accept:

  • Any items which have been held in storage.
  • Gift cards of any kind.
  • Perishable food.
  • Handmade goods such as blankets and hats.

“The generosity of our community donors, including, former patients and their families, is a tradition we strive to keep as a means to give back”, said Steve Jakab, president of the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation. “In light of this year’s changes, donors are encouraged to visit www.foundation.bridgeporthospital.org to learn more about how they can help.”

To learn more about the many ways they can support patients and families this year, people can visit foundation.bridgeporthospital.org or call 203-384-3522.

“Being in the hospital can be frightening for a child,” said Dr. Dias. “While 2020 has changed many things, the one constant is the smile on a child’s face when they receive a new toy. We remain committed to supplying toys for our pediatric patients 365 days of the year, thanks to the generosity of our caring community of donors. We are all hopeful that these seasonal restrictions are temporary and that next year, we can return to having in-person toy drives and deliveries.”

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital). Its Bridgeport and Milford Campuses serve patients from across the region. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community.

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