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Christmas in July

Benefitting Tampa General Hospital's Children's Medical Center

For many of us, it seems the holiday season was celebrated just a week or two ago. For our young patients, however, school is out for summer and they are ready for the sun! Instead of attending summer camp, catching rays on the beach, or spending hours playing outside, our patients and their families will be isolated in their hospital rooms fighting to become healthy again.
 
Since March 2020, our pediatric patients have had to stay isolated in their rooms and are unable to share toys or interact in the unit's common areas. In addition, due to visitation and social distancing policies, patients’ friends and extended families are not able to stop by to help provide distractions and moments of joy.
 
Santa will be vacationing in Tampa Bay, but this year he must travel light! Will you help Santa bring sunshine to our young patients this summer? TGH does its best to provide an atmosphere and create a summer season that is as magical and comfortable as possible, but we need your help!
 
Join our Child Life Specialists, Integrative Medicine and Arts team, and Healthpark Pediatric Clinic spread smiles and happiness by making a gift of any amount today.
 
Thanks to Bristol Myers Squibb for being this year’s Christmas In July Sponsor!

Christmas in July 2021 Will Support:

    Child Life
    A Child Life Specialist's goal is to make your child feel more comfortable about being in the hospital.
  They achieve this through a variety of activities, education and play.  Education, support distraction may be
   provided for patients going to procedures, tests and surgery.  Pet therapy, picnics, Yoga, tai chi and movie times
   are among activities scheduled on a weekly basis to promote a normal play environment and encourage peer interaction
   (for those who are able). Your gift will help us to continue to provide our Child Life Specialists with the tools, support, and toys that they need. 
 
 
 
  Integrative Medicine & Arts
  Integrative Medicine is an approach to health care that encompasses the whole person: the physical, mental, emotional and
  spiritual. Tampa General Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Program recognizes each person’s individuality and focuses on supporting
  whole-person health and well-being. This program is fully funded by donor and community support through the TGH Foundation.
  Your gift will help ensure we can continue to grow the program along with the growth of the hospital.
 
 
 
 
  Healthpark Pediatrics Clinic
  The Pediatric Center at Healthpark is staffed with a team of physicians and health care professionals specializing in the special
  needs of children. TGH Healthpark, located off of Hillsborough and 30th st, predominantly serves underinsured and uninsured pediatric
  patients and expectant mothers. These patients typically come from families of low socioeconomic status and are predominantly part
  of a minority demographic. Your gift will help ensure we can continue to support the families and children in our community.
 
 
 
 
*In an effort to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy throughout COVID-19, we will not be able to host donors on campus or collect any physical toys or gifts. Your generous cash donation will be used to purchase the perfect items to bring sunshine to our patients this summer.
 
Your gift of any amount to TGH’s annual Christmas in July campaign will help make this season sunnier for pediatric patients and families throughout TGH’s pediatric programs and units including, the Children’s Medical Center (CMC), Integrative Medicine and Arts, and The Pediatric Center at Healthpark.
 
For more information, contact Lia Ferretti, Director of Annual Giving & Special Programs at Lferretti@tgh.org.