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Ways to Give and Volunteer

Click here to donate to The Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.

If you would like to donate directly to the Child Life Program, please designate us by writing “Child Life” on your foundation gift or make your check payable to “Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation for Child Life”.

Child Life Wish List 

We are often asked to provide guidelines for donations for children. The link below is meant to help you make choices as you prepare your personal or group donation for hospitalized children. Please call us at (631) 376-3717 with any questions you may have after you review our wish list. We recommend that you also call and schedule an appointment to donate during busy holiday seasons. Thank you in advance for remembering hospitalized children.

Guidelines for Choosing Toys

Holiday Wish List


The Child Life Program accepts applications to volunteer as a playroom assistant through the volunteer office at (631) 376-4121. Volunteers in Child Life need to be 17 years or older. While there are a few evening and weekend opportunities, most volunteer sessions are available between the hours of 9:30 am and noon or 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm on weekdays. 

Volunteer ideas for kids and younger teens

Many school and scouting groups routinely ask how they might help hospitalized children. School, community or neighborhood drives are excellent ways for young volunteers to do their part to help hospitalized children. 

Guidelines choosing themes for community drives and collections


What does a Child Life Specialist Do?

The Child Life Playroom and Garden

Tips for an Inpatient Stay at the Hospital

Helping Kids Cope

A Visit to the Pediatric Emergency Room

Preparation Tips by Developmental Age

Children with Special Needs

Preparation for Surgery 

Helping During Outpatient Procedures

After a Visit to the Hospital


Books and Websites for Kids and Families