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Healthcare for infants, children and adolescents is specialized work and we have to make sure that we meet our patient’s needs.

Did you know that CHEO - OCTC:

  • Has an elaborate program where, with the support of screened mature volunteers, we ensure that all the patients receive playtime either in their room, or within their unit’s activity room.
  • Staff and volunteers plan and deliver activities and projects for patients all year round, including holiday occasions to make it special for all patients and their families.

CHEO - OCTC welcomes donations of the following:

Our biggest needs are:

  • Sewn fabric blankets or quilts for infants and toddlers: minimum size 36 x 48 inches
  • Fabric blankets or quilts for teenagers: 66 x 96 inches

  • Fabric standard size pillowcases that will brighten any hospital room. Don’t forget our teen boys and girls! 

  • Sewn fabric smalls caps in cotton or fleece: head circumference of 30 cm is ideal.

  • Knitted slippers with anti-slip skids on the soles, for children and adolescents, ages 4 - 18 , boys and girls.
  • Knitted finger puppets

  • We have a shortage of prints / colours that would appeal to boys or that are gender neutral
  • Fabrics welcomed: cotton, fleece and synthetics

     Please Note:

    Our units have specific clinical considerations. For this reason, we do not accept knitted items for infants and children under the age of 3 yrs. We currently have a generous amount of knitted blankets for patients aged 4 - 18 yrs.

    All donated items must be made with new washable materials, made in a smoke-free home, free from pet hair and do not have pins and detachable decorations.

    Please direct any inquiries to or to call 613-738-3933 to coordinate a time to drop off your gift.

    CHEO is NOT able to accept the following:

    Food products, used toys, stuffed animals, used books, used electronic games/videos and homemade toys/crafts. Due to our safety and infection control guidelines, patient allergies, and limited space, we cannot accept the above listed items. While many stuffed animals and toys appear new and clean, we cannot accept them as they may have been exposed to germs, dust, pets and bacteria. All of these create a risk to our patients, many who may have allergies and fragile immune systems. 

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