Support local pediatric patients this holiday season

Wouldn’t it be great if every child who is hospitalized during the holidays could be given toys and gifts to bring joy and comfort while they are in the hospital?

A local mom this holiday season teamed up with the Child Life Team at NorthShore University HealthSystem-Evanston Hospital, as well as the Wilmette Fire Department and Cub Scouts Pack 5 to bring holiday cheer to the children hospitalized there through a Holiday Toy Drive to run through December 20th.

The son of the local mother and pediatric nurse, Kate Groff, was recently hospitalized
NorthShore Evanston, and as a way to give back and thank you for the wonderful care she and her family received there, she decided to partner with the hospital to mobilize community support for a Holiday Toy Drive. She credits her son’s recovery to all the pediatric caregivers who cared for him, and to the Child Life Team who provided comfort and safety with age-appropriate toys during his stay.

A hospital stay is very stressful for families, especially during the holidays when they should be with friends and relatives, so community support with gifts will make a big difference in the lives of these families. Every pediatric patient admitted to the hospital during the holidays will receive gifts distributed by the nurses and the Child Life Team, ranging from newborns to 21 years. Each gift will make a difference in the life of a local child and family experiencing significant hardship this holiday season.

Help brighten the lives of children and teens at NorthShore University HealthSystem-Evanston
Hospital and spread the Christmas spirit by donating new, unwrapped toys.

Gifts can either be sent directly to the hospital through the Child Life Team Amazon Wish List or they can be dropped off at the Wilmette Fire Department, 1304 Lake Avenue in Wilmette.

For more information on the Holiday Toy Drive, please contact the Evanston Child Life Team at 847-570-2831 or email

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