The holidays are the time of year when people are thankful for what they have, and wanting to give back to their communities. Of course, one foundation that I fully support and stand behind is The Hospital For Sick Children, and with the holidays approaching, their #GetBetterGifts program.
When children are too ill to go home for Christmas, and stay in hospital over the holidays, it’s a difficult time for them and their families. Almost 300 children have to stay at SickKids over the holidays.
Bringing the holidays to kids at SickKids
I recently visited the Hospital and met Sitar, who talked about her son Hunter’s long visit at SickKids. One Christmas, Sitar brought “Christmas in a bag” to the hospital, including a mini Christmas tree. But the family didn’t participate in their normal Christmas-related activities, such as baking cookies or making crafts.
“As a parent you get wrapped up in what’s going on with child’s illness but child is still a child and needs a childhood,” she said.
SickKids goes above and beyond to make kids feel normal especially at Christmas time and to help families get into the holiday spirit. The hospital and staff help bring the holidays into the hospital with various activities, such as baking and ornament decorating.
Get Better Gifts
But the hospital can’t do it without our help and generosity. The Get Better Gifts program offers gifts that help children miss home a little less during the holidays. You can truly brighten the lives of the children and families with one of their many gift options.
Many items in hospital can’t be shared due to risk of contamination, so many children must have their own items, such as art supplies, crayons, and video game controllers. Gifts vary from crib mobiles for little ones, to games for all ages, to movie nights for teenagers.
Arts & Crafts Supplies
Holiday Cooking and Baking Supplies
Make twice the difference.
This year specific Get Better Gifts will make twice the impact thanks to Orinoco Foundation, who will generously match your gift. Look for the matching gift tag throughout the website.
Order your gifts by December 2nd to have your card sent to any Canadian address by December 24th.
But if you need a last minute gift, PDFs and e-cards are always available. Get all the details and browse the full catalogue of gifts online at GetBetterGifts.com
With Get Better Gifts, not only are you giving a heartfelt gift to someone special, you’re also helping almost 300 children who have to stay at SickKids over the holidays, miss home a little less!