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Dr. Bear®’s Closet

How to Donate to Dr. Bear®’s Toy Closet
Every day, a deck of cards, a doll or a stuffed animal puts a smile on the face of a child who hasn’t smiled in quite some time. Dr. Bear®’s  Closet has donated toys, games, books and other items that help boost the spirits of patients of all ages. A well-stocked Dr. Bear®'s Closet ensures that every patient has a gift for holidays, birthdays and most importantly, a little something to serve as a reward for their courage in fighting an illness.

The closet provides items to thousands of patients who are treated in Children’s inpatient units, the Emergency Department and Regional Outpatient Centers, and the Health Centers. Toys also help stock playrooms in the hospital.

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 light up a child’s face is a special moment for families, staff and volunteers.

A list of donation guidelines for Dr. Bear®’s Closet is listed below. Children’s Volunteer Services Department accepts all donations, including monetary contributions, gift cards and certificates from area stores. Checks should be made payable to "Children’s National Medical Center/Dr. Bear®’s  Closet."

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