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ways to help during COVID-19

We are incredibly appreciative of the community’s support during these uncertain times. We have received so many requests about how the community can help. We want to share answers to the most common questions we’ve received about offering help.  

are there ways we can give financially?

To offset the unexpected expenses for the pandemic, Dayton Children’s Hospital Foundation established a new COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The first $100,000 in donations to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will be DOUBLED, thanks to a matching gift from Chuck Berry, a generous philanthropist in Dayton. 

This special fund will ensure our care teams have all the tools and resources they need to continue caring for kids right now the way only Dayton Children’s can. Many resources are needed to respond to the pandemic, including specialized supplies, medical tests, expert care, and technology. Money raised will allow Dayton Children’s to respond to the most urgent needs as they arise. 

From organizing new screening procedures for patients, staff, and visitors to setting up virtual visit capabilities so our caregivers can still provide above and beyond care for kids, your support will help us address the evolving needs as we face this crisis. 

To make a gift and have your donation doubled, give online at or give on Facebook!

can I make homemade facemasks for you?

Our friends at the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GHDAHA) have set up a streamlined process for how to donate homemade facemasks and related supplies. This press release links to GDAHA’s process on how to donate supplies properly, as well as a link to a face mask pattern. 

can I donate other personal protective equipment (PPE) to you?

Please contact the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GHDAHA) to donate PPE. They can give you information on what they are able to take to assist hospitals in our community.

can I donate food to your staff?

Food is always a great path to a health care workers heart!  If you are a local business interested in donating pre-packaged or restaurant prepared food items for our staff members, please email with your contact information and what you would like to donate. 

Unfortunately, we cannot take homemade food items at this time. We are also unable to accept any donations that are dropped off directly at the hospital or any of our outpatient care locations without advanced coordination. 

can we help cheer up your patients?

Due to precautions regarding the coronavirus, hospital visitors are limited and we are not accepting physical donations from our wish list at this time. If you would like to donate to purchase these items please visit  

Kids staying at the hospital may be missing friends and family, but you can help brighten their day with a special rainbow card!  

Send a card now: 

I have another idea of how I can help, who can I contact?

Please email to share your idea and someone will respond to you within 48 hours.  

questions about coronavirus

If you have additional questions about the coronavirus please call your clinic directly, or call our COVID-19 parent hotline at 1-888-746-KIDS (5437) from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.