Gifts from the Heart

We are incredibly grateful for our community's support throughout the year and providing non-monetary gifts to our hospital ensures that our care providers can enhance our patient's experience.

The generosity of our community has always been a special part of the holiday's at Grand River Hospital and we thank you for your understanding and appreciate your continued support!

Your support would be appreciated in any of the following ways:

Gifts of Care  

In lieu of a physical gift, consider making a donation to one of our care areas through our "Gifts of Care" program which is designed to enhance patient experience this holiday season. 

Gift Cards

We are always in great need of gift cards to provide patients. Consider donating gift cards from retailers that provide;

  • Coffee (Tim Horton's, Starbucks, etc.)
  • Meals (restaurants that offer delivery or fast food chains: Subway, McDonald's, etc.)
  • Personal hygiene products (Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall)
  • Groceries
  • iTunes cards (helpful in many departments to support music therapy)
  • Department Stores (Amazon, Walmart, etc.)
  • Xbox or Nintendo Digital Gift Cards 
  • Local retailers who might support items for babies and children

Gifts cards are also easily sanitized and can be easily distributed to various care areas of the hospital.

New and Unopened Toys

We are able to accept small toy items. All items donated must be new and wrapped in original sealed packaging without any pieces or parts exposed to the outside environment. New items can also be placed in a clear plastic resealable bag for extra protection. 
 
Our Children's department loves to give out smaller gifts to patients since they are easy to store and easy for families to take home. These items include: 
  • Single hot wheels car packs
  • Single Barbie's/action figures
  • Small Lego sets

Similarly, with the holidays fast approaching, our Children's department has shared a few additional items that are also on their wish list this year:

  • Colouring books for all ages, including adult colouring books for older children and teens
  • Packages of pencil crayons (small packages of 6 or 12 pencil crayons)
  • Packages of crayons (small packages of 6 or 12 crayons)
  • Play Doh and small play tools 
  • Activity mats (Must be wipe-able. We must be able to clean and sanitize them between uses)
  • Crib mobiles (No fabric, please! We must be able to clean and sanitize them)
  • Bumbo chair with tray
  • A portable DVD player
  • New children's movies on DVD

We require individual colouring books and packages of things like crayons, pencil crayons and Play Doh in small quantities because these kinds of items are kept by the patient. For health and safety reasons, we are not able to clean and reuse them like we can other types of items. 

Items we are unable to accept

At this time we cannot accept donations of soft items or items that we cannot safely sanitize, this includes:
  • Novels or magazines
  • Homemade blankets or hats
  • Items with exposed parts or pieces
  • Any items that have or are made out of wood

Hygiene and Toiletry Supplies

We are also able to accept new hygiene supplies for various care areas of the hospital.  These items support patients who have extended stays at the hospital to helping people who enter our emergency department and everything in-between. 
These items must be new in original packaging in a fully sealed box or in a clear plastic resealable bag for items that do not come in a fully sealed box (i.e. for bottles of soap or deodorant). 
Here some of the most requested items throughout the hospital:
  • Liquid soaps (body wash, shampoo, & conditioner) 
  • Toothpastes and toothbrushes
  • Deodorant (for men and women)
  • Feminine hygiene products

Device Donation

The team here at Grand River Hospital invites you to be a part of an amazing new initiative we are implementing for our patients. As we have all felt deeply, the pandemic has highlighted the necessity of connection and care more than ever before.

In our efforts to ensure that patients receive the best care during their stay at the hospital, we are initiating a Patient Digital Experience program that provides patients with high-speed WiFi and devices with streaming services – free of cost – enabled by our amazing Grand Champions (previously called Volunteers).

As a part of this effort, we are reaching out to ask if you have any devices such iPads or Chromebooks that you would consider donating. These do not have to be new, but they should be in good condition.