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Playing is essential when a child is undergoing difficult treatment or procedures due to illness. Providing a new game or toy and watching a smile on a child’s face is a special moment for families, staff and volunteers.

Dr. Bear®’s Closet , a room filled with donated toys, games, books, and other items, makes these moments happen. The closet provides items to thousands of patients in Children’s play rooms, waiting rooms, inpatient units, ambulances, the Emergency Department and Regional Outpatient Centers, such as Dialysis, Oncology, Surgical Care, and the Health Centers.

Dr. Bear®’s Closet also provides personal care items, clothing, blankets, and other items for out-of-town families with patients being treated at Children’s.

Children’s Department of Consumer Support and Volunteer Services accepts a wide range of donations. Please see our wish list and donation guidelines for more information. We also have a new program, Dr. Bear®’s Buddies, for students wishing to organize donation drives.

For more information about making a donation and guidelines for donating, contact the Department of Consumer Support and Volunteer Services at 202-476-2062.

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