Ways to Help

Thank you for your interest in helping our patients and families at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. To ensure the well-being, and privacy of our patients, we keep the best interests of our patients in mind.  Due to patient confidentiality and infection control, donated items are distributed only by Driscoll Children’s Hospital volunteers and staff. We appreciate your generosity and support.

Keep in Mind

  • Our patients ages range from a few days to nineteen years old.
  • All items are new and in their original packaging and from tobacco-free environments.
  • Distribution of brochures, flyers, posters, business cards or other promotional material is against DCH policy.
  • Items/materials with religious, political messages, overtones or toys that depict violence such as guns or knives may not be distributed.
  • No food, candy, or beverages may be distributed as many of our patients are on special diets.
  • Read the toy or craft item label to be sure all materials are non-toxic and non-latex due to potential allergies.
  • Please keep safety and quality in mind when selecting items. No toys with removable/detachable parts such as eyes, no protruding parts or sharp edges, no toys with marbles or magnets.
  • While all gifts must be unwrapped, we always welcome donations of gift wrap and packaging such as bags and tissue paper.
  • Gently used donations can be donated to The Cottage Resale Shop Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Proceeds benefit the Auxiliary to Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

What You or Your Group Can Help With

  • Host a toy/book drive
  • Create Get Well Cards
    • No Glitter
    • No religious undertones

Family Resource Center

  • Purchase a meal card for a family
    • $25 per day. Call The Family Connection at 361-694-5058 Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to complete your purchase. You can donate a meal card to someone you know or to a family in need. Cards are dispersed Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Donate funds for an overnight stay in the Driscoll Guest Rooms for an out of town family whose child is in ICU
    • Call The Family Connection at 361-694-5058 Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to complete your purchase. You can donate a night for someone you know or to a family in need. 
  • Donate gas cards
    • Nearby gas vendors include HEB and Stripes
  • Donate food items to The Family Pantry
    • Located in The Family Connection Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Items we can accept: 
      • Microwaveable single serve lunches or dinners that can be stored on a shelf
      • Single serve bags of chips, snacks, cookies
      • Single serve breakfast items such as pop tarts, muffins, breakfast bars, granola bars, etc.
  • Donate gift cards to help families purchase food, supplies, or medications to The Family Pantry
    • Located in The Family Connection Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Items we can accept: 
      • Gift cards to HEB
      • Gift cards to Wal-Mart    
      • Gift cards to Walgreens

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How to Deliver Items

Call Volunteer Services at 361-694-5011 to set an appointment and to speak to a Volunteer Coordinator for prior project approval for most current needs or to deliver your items.

You may also email volunteer@dchstx.org and include your contact information, the item you are donating, date and time you would like to deliver your donation.

Corpus Christi delivery donations can be made at the Welcome Center at the main entrance. 

Volunteers are available to accept your donations Monday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Brownsville and McAllen donors, please call 361-694-5011 to schedule an appointment.