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Child Life Donations

Donating toys or other items 

Thank you for your interest in donating items to Gundersen Health System pediatric patients. Your generous gift can make a huge difference to the patients we serve. 

Please take a few minutes to review our donation guidelines, as we must always keep patient safety and well-being our top priority. These guidelines will help ensure the donation is one we can accept. Please email us if you have any questions. 

We appreciate the opportunity to make our patients smile and help them realize their strength during challenging medical visits. 

Child Life Specialists 
Gundersen Health System 
[email protected] 
(608) 775-3334 

Donations form 

Thank you for your interest in donating to Child Life Services at Gundersen Health System. 

Read and understand the Child Life Donation Policy. 

Fill out the form below. This information will allow our staff to review your proposed donation and approve your items and drop-off plan in advance. 

Once you submit the form, you will receive an email with the information you submitted. Please print this email and attach to your donation. If a printer is unavailable, please put your name on a piece of paper and bring with your donation. 

Required fields are marked with * 

Child life specialists partner with families and medical staff to make healthcare experiences easier and more comfortable for children. They help families cope with hospitalizations, surgeries, clinic procedures and appointments. Child life specialists are trained to provide information in ways your child can understand and are skilled in working with children and teens of all abilities. Most children, teens, and caregivers are less anxious and feel more in control when they know what to expect and have a plan to cope. 

Child life specialists use play and other techniques to: 

  • Increase comfort in an unfamiliar environment 
  • Allow children to safely explore medical equipment they will see 
  • Teach about procedures or diagnosis 
  • Provide ways to express fears or concerns 
  • Increase cooperation 
  • Gain confidence that they will be successful 
Donations may include: new and unopened stuffed animals, toys, games or books (or gift cards for these items)

Donations may not include: food, used/opened items, stuffed animals with pellets (i.e. beanie babies), gift-wrapped items (we must be able to see what the item is)

1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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