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Dayton Children’s is fortunate to have the support of dedicated volunteer organizations that raise money and awareness on the hospital’s behalf. Take a moment to learn more about the auxiliary organizations that commit their time and resources to supporting kids and families at Dayton Children's.


TWIGs — Terrific Women in Giving — are groups of diverse individuals committed to providing support for a wide range of services at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Along the way, lifelong friendships are forged among the members. The TWIGs have raised more than $11 million since 1965 to support patient care! The TWIG Auxiliary recently completed a $1.2 million pledge and has pledged to raise another $1 million to provide funding and increase services for pediatric mental health.

There are 225 members participating in 16 TWIG branches throughout the Miami Valley. Much like branches and leaves support trees, TWIG branches support Dayton Children’s through various fundraising projects, including auctions, luncheons, fashion shows, scrapbook weekends, mom’s sales and more!

The talents of all the members come together for Miami Valley’s annual premier events – the Gem City Jam Golf Outing, and the Sugarplum Festival of Trees.

TWIG members also may volunteer at Dayton Children’s directly with patients, or at special Twig-sponsored hospital events such as Secret Santa, Mother’s and Father’s Day crafts, family pizza parties, and making cinch sacks for use by EEG patients.

The key to success of the auxiliary lies in its members who are dedicated, innovative, and enthusiastic in their support of Dayton Children’s mission to always go “above and beyond” in the relentless pursuit of optimal health for every child within our reach.

Learn more about the TWIGs

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the women's board

The Women’s Board auxiliary of Dayton Children's was founded in 1964 and has since raised more than $5 million for the hospital. The Women’s Board has a membership of 40 women whose major fundraising project is the biennial cha | cha dinner and auction. The Women’s Board administers the HELP Fund, an ongoing program that supports various projects at Dayton Children’s. 

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the little exchange

Founded in 1950 by Elsie T. Mead and her friends, The Little Exchange gift shop has been a charitable foundation for over 50 years. Located in Oakwood at 45 Park Avenue, The Little Exchange is the perfect place to find the ultimate wedding, birthday or any-occasion gift. More than 125 volunteers work at The Little Exchange helping shoppers and gift wrapping purchases.

Every year, The Little Exchange donates its annual profits to Dayton Children's. Since its start in 1950, The Little Ex, as it is affectionately known, has donated over $1.5 million to Dayton Children's. The Little Exchange Foundation currently supports the Family Resource Connection.

Visit The Little Exchange in Oakwood for your next gift purchase or call 937-299-1561 for more information.

get involved

To find out how to get involved with one of our auxiliaries, please contact the Foundation office at 937-641-3405 or by email.

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