Sunday, January 1, 2017

Helping the children

Children's hospitals truly do the Lord's work. They give many parents hope and have brought much joy to the lives of patients and their families. Unfortunately, many children must experience a blue Christmas by spending it in the hospital.  Thus many people donate toys to the hospitals.  Amazon has made it possible for donors to purchase toys on its website and ship them directly to over 100 children's hospitals that are posted on its website. However, Mississippi's only children's hospital is not on the list.

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People who wish to donate toys to kids staying at Blair Batson must first print out a form, fill it out, and then include the form when they drop off toys at Blair Batson - if one can find the form on the website.  A link to the form is not visible on the home page.  One must first click on the "More about Batson Children's Hospital and how you can help" at the bottom of the page and then scroll down to see a larger "Toy Donations" button.  Clicking on the link provides a three-page form that has guidelines and a list of acceptable toys.  Meanwhile, Amazon* provides this message for donors:

Children's Hospital New Orleans

Organization shipping address: Child Life Att: Lee Myers, 200 Henry Clay Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70118, United States All items purchased from this list will go directly to Children's Hospital in New Orleans, LA. This charity's tax ID # is 72-0467503. PLEASE NOTE: All items must be new and unwrapped. Please do not purchase used items or have them gift-wrapped. Thank you!
Amazon provides a list of hospitals that accept such donations and their relevant information:

Akron Children's Hospital
All Children's Hospital
American Family Childrens Hospital
Arizona Childrens Center
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Arnold Palmer Hospital
Banner Cardon Children's Medical Center
Baptist Hospital of Miami
Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
Baystate Children's Hospital
Benefis Health System - Montana
Blank Children's Hospital
Boston Children's Hospital
Brenner Children's Hospital
Carilion Childrens Hospital
Children's Healthcare Atlanta
Children's Hospital & Medical Center (Omaha)
Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital King's Daughters
Children's Hospital Michigan
Children's Hospital New Jersey
Children's Hospital New Orleans
Children's Hospital Oakland
Children's Hospital of Alabama
Children's Hospital of Buffalo
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Children's Hospital of Orange Country
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital Oklahoma
Children's Hospital San Antonio
Children's Hospital University Health
Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota
Children's Medical Cntr Dallas
Children's Mercy Hospital
Children's National Medical
Children's Specialized Hospital
Chris Evert Children's Hospital
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Children's
Comer Children's Hospital
Connecticut Childrens
Covenant Children's
CS Mott Children's Hospital
Dayton Children’s Hospital
Dell Children's Medical Center
Diamond Children's Medical Center
Doernbecher Childrens Hospital
Georgia Health Sciences
Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida
Hassenfeld Children's Hospital of New York
Hemby Children's Hospital
Johns Hopkins Childrens Center
Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Methodist Hospital of S. Texas
Metro Health Hospital
Milford Regional Medical Center
Mission Children's Hospital
Montefiore Children's Hospital
MUSC - South Carolina
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Nebraska Medical Center
Nemours Children's Hospital Orlando
Nemours/AI duPont Childrens
New Mexico Children's Hospital
Niswonger Children's Hospital
North Carolina Childrens
Norton Children's Hospital
Parkview Hospital
Phoenix Children's Hospital
Primary Children's Medical - Salt Lake
Rady Children's - San Diego
Randall Children's Hospital
Riley Hospital for Children
Sacred Heart Childrens
Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center
Sanford Children's Hospital
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Seattle Children's Hospital
Shands Children's Hospital
Shriner's Hospital - Twin Cities
Shriners Hospital for Children - MA
Shriners Hospital for Children Greenville
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
St. Joseph's Mease Countryside
St. Louis Children's Hospital
St. Luke's Children's Hospital
Texas Children's Hospital
The Children's Hospital Denver
The Children's Hospital Foundation at Saint Francis
The Children’s Hospital at Providence
The Studer Family Childrens' Hospital at Sacred Heart
Tucson Medical Center
Tulane Hospital for Children
U of Iowa Childrens Hospital
UMass Memorial Children's Medical
UMC Children’s Hospital of Nevada
University Children's Health System - San Antonio
Upstate Golisano Children's - Syracuse
UVA Children's Hospital
Valley Children's Hospital
Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
Vermont (Fletcher) Children's Hospital
WVU Children's Hospital
Yale New Haven Children's Hospital

Blair Batson truly serves the children of Mississippi.  JJ is merely attempting to cut through the red tape and point out how our only children's hospital can make things easier to improve toy donations for those who truly need them.   Few donors outside of the Jackson area will probably take the trouble to purchase toys, fill out a form, and then ship or bring them to the hospital.  However, more than a few of them will probably order online from Amazon and specify Blair Batson as the destination - if Blair Batson gets on the list.  iPhone, anyone?  This website will be more than happy to publicize this feature if and when Mississippi's only children's hospital connects with Amazon.  If one wishes to donate now, the form is posted below. 

Note: Only twelve states have just one children's hospital, and that includes two states in the South: Mississippi and Arkansas. All other states have at least two such hospitals.  Of course, the Southaven and Gulf Coast patients probably use children's hospitals in Memphis and New Orleans. 

Kingfish note: It would also be nice if UMMC placed the donation buttons on Blair Batson's home page and thus make it easier to find. This post is a little rough on Mississippi's only children's hospital but if it cuts through the red tape and ensures more toys are donated to the children, JJ is willing to take the heat for this post.

JJ will make one other suggestion to Blair Batson's charity arm.  The non-profit Friends of Children's Hospital is registered at Amazon Smiles.  Donors can donate money directly to this charity.  However, it does not include the word "Blair" in any description of the charity on Amazon's website.  Thus if one types "Blair Batson" in the search field, the search engine states there is nothing for Blair Batson.  It does return a result for the charity if one uses only the word "Batson".

*Is it ok to purchase such toys for donation from Amazon or do we first need a special dispensation from Wyatt? 


Anonymous said...

I don't see St. Jude in Memphis listed either.

Anonymous said...

Nothing against Mississippi's Childrens' hospital, but, I attempted to gift an extensive, pristine doll collection to them (some very expensive) and they would not take it.

Kingfish said...

I think that is a rule for most children's hospitals.

Anonymous said...

LeBonheur Childern's Hospital Memphis is listed.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's just semantics but Children's Hospital in Birmingham has a huge new state of the art building that rivals Blair Batson. It's not just Mississippi and Arkansas in the south that have a children's hospital. Please clarify if I'm wrong.

Kingfish said...

Read what I wrote again. Word for word.

Anonymous said...

It's not about helping the children.

Anonymous said...

This is a post we should all be able to agree on. Thanks for bringing attention to the issue of supporting our state's children's hospital.

You're Heartless If You Don't Amen And Share.. said...

No hospital, children's or otherwise, with or without the emotional tugs of all those little ones in wheelchairs on the commercials, depends on public donations for its operation.

Kingfish said...

No one claimed they did.

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