‘Wolfson Children’s Christmas in July’ toy and donation drive is now underway

Wolfson Children's Hospital Christmas in July toy drive

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Wolfson Children’s Christmas in July goes online again this year from July 1 to 31, giving people the ability to spread joy with just a few clicks.

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The annual month-long toy and donation drive ensures that patients at Wolfson Children’s Hospital have the comfort of toys and a reason to smile. Members of the community can browse Wolfson Children’s Amazon wish list for toys selected by the Wolfson Children’s Child Life team or make a financial gift at ChristmasJuly.com.

Community members can also drop off new, unwrapped toys at Subaru of Jacksonville, the toy and donation drive’s sponsor, at 10800 Atlantic Blvd. through Sunday, July 24 at 4 p.m.

Wolfson’s team explains that toys are an integral part of the healing process for patients of all ages at the hospital. Children learn through play, so toys not only instill a sense of normalcy and comfort, but also help babies and younger children continue to develop on track during hospital stays.

According to a news release from the organization, Child Life specialists and music therapists use instruments and toys as tools to help children staying at the hospital understand their conditions and prepare for medical procedures, like blood draws and MRIs.

The toys and donations from Christmas in July help keep the toy shelves full, giving the Child Life and music therapy teams the supplies they need to support, comfort and care for their patients.