Operation Santa: Please stop at the TGH Children’s Medical Center!!!

Imagine your favorite little boy or girl stuck in the hospital at Christmas and unable to spend the day celebrating with family and friends. The hospital isn’t the most fun place to be on an ordinary day, but especially not on a holiday or a birthday. It is difficult for not only the littlest patients, but their families too.

According to Jermiah Williams, age 6, being in the hospital when you are sick feels, “UNBELIEVABLE!”Jermiah has spent three Christmases at Tampa General Hospital Children’s Medical Center. He has assured us that being in the hospital during Christmas is “ONLY FUN WHEN SANTA IS HERE!”

While it is our TGH physicians’ and nurses’ top priority to get the children well and on their way home, with 52 beds in private and semi-private rooms, last year alone more than 20 children were still too ill to make it home for the holidays. Each year we do our best to provide a holiday party and gifts for the sickest of our little patients.

Last year with donations designated for Operation Santa, we were able to stock the toy closet for not only Christmas but year-round for holidays and birthdays.

Your gift can make a difference by allowing us to purchase items from the children’s wish list and make sure Santa makes a special visit! Donate now by selecting Operation Santa in the Gift Designation dropdown menu.

We will also accept donations of new items from the children’s wish list. However, we cannot accept donations of stuffed animals. The greatest needs are for our adolescent and teenage patients. Please contact the Tampa General Hospital Foundation at 813-844-8217 or ceweber@tgh.org for delivery arrangements.