Shady Grove Hospital asks for community donations to pediatric unit

A local hospital is asking for donations to its pediatric department, and has made it easy for individuals to purchase and send gifts through Amazon. Photo: Children receive gifts in a hospital (AP)

WASHINGTON, December 5, 2013 — Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md. is asking community members to donate gifts directly to young patients of the hospital through an Amazon.com wish list. The list includes items such as diapers, onesies, clothes, toys, stuffed animals, and more.

“You can just purchase from our Amazon Pediatric Wishlist (http://www.PediatricWishes.com) and the items will be delivered straight to the Shady Grove Pediatrics Department!”

The hospital says that the wish list is not merely for the holiday season, and is maintained throughout the year. Items from the wish list are as low as 2 dollars for some items, and are shipped directly to the hospital, which then distributes the received donations to patients and their families.

Dr. Neha Gajjar, the hospital’s Pediatric Medical Director, says the wish list is critical for patients and their parents.  The hospital has created a promotional video for the project, which can be viewed on YouTube

In an effort to promote anonymity of donors who wish it, Shady Grove Adventist has instituted a series of policies to help and protect individuals giving donations.  The hospital has established “The Donors Bill of Rights”, which says the following:

“Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.”

The hospital also maintains a similar “E-Donor Bill Of Rights,” derived from the above list.

Individuals wishing to donate can visit the Amazon gift wish list by going to www.PediatricWishes.com


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