This year, we’re working with UF Dance Marathon & UF Health to provide donations to Shands’ Child Life Program. Please bring your in-kind donations with you to the Gator Run! There will be collection bins at the registration area. Thank you for helping us bring lots of smiles to children at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital!

Suggested Items:

Art supplies
  • Crayola Model Magic (in tubs or individual packets, any color
  • Play-doh and Play-doh sets
  • craft kits (great for kids in bed – such as friendship bracelet kits, beads or jewelry making, model cars or airplanes, picture frame kits, etc.)
  • Collage materials (e.g., scrapbooking paper, glue sticks, pom-poms, foam shapes, etc.)
  • Card stock or finger paint paper
  • Tempera paint and brushes
  • Oil pastels
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Mosaic tiles
Music supplies
  • Egg shakers and maracas
  • Ocean drum(s)
  • Rain stick(s)
  • Paddle drums
  • “Playful Harmonies” (plastic rhythm instruments for infants)
  • Cabasas or coconut shekere


About the Child Life Program:

A visit to the hospital can be a frightening experience for children and families alike.  Illness, injury, painful procedures, strange surroundings, separation from friends and family, and changes in familiar routines can all add up to stress and anxiety for any child or teenager. The Child Life team at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital helps children and families manage the hospital experience by providing support, by educating about the hospital and healthcare procedures, and by providing a variety of opportunities for play and expression.

Example services include:
* Age-appropriate activities in playrooms and at bedside
* Therapeutic play, including “medical play”
* Education and preparation for new experiences, medical procedures, and surgery
* Relaxation techniques and other coping tips to use during medical procedures
* Education and support for families, including brothers and sisters
* Coordination of special event and entertainment visits by members of the community

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