Children's Hospital Colorado

How You Can Help During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

Children's Hospital Colorado | March 18, 2020

With schools closed, families at home and communities changing overnight, it's easy (and understandable) to feel overwhelmed. But what's even stronger than fear is hope – and action. At Children's Hospital Colorado, we're proud of the way our team members, patient families, partners, financial donors and community members are working together in this time of need. People are stepping up and showing up to help.

We've compiled this list of the ways you can help Children's Colorado and your local community while still maintaining social distancing. Check back regularly for even more resources and ways to help.

How to help Children's Colorado

A busy respiratory season means that many of our beds were occupied before the coronavirus came to the community. Our dedicated team members are doing everything they can to keep kids in our hospitals safe – and to continue providing the patient- and family-centered care they deserve.

You can help patients and team members at Children's Colorado in the following ways.

We greatly appreciate the outpouring of support we've received from community members offering to donate and make personal protective equipment (PPE). Please follow these guidelines to help our team members streamline donations and to avoid disrupting critical operations and patient care.

If you still have questions after reviewing the information below, please email PPEDonations@childrenscolorado.org.

Children's Colorado can accept protective equipment that meets the following criteria:

  • Brand new (never used)
  • In its original packaging (unopened)

What we need

Like healthcare institutions across the country, Children's Colorado is in critical need of protective gear. We're accepting the following donations:

  • N95 masks (high priority)
  • Hand sanitizers like Purell (high priority)
  • Other surgical and medical masks (not homemade)
  • Face shields (3D printed OK; complete shields only)
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Disinfectant wipes for hard surfaces

Making protective equipment

Due to epidemiological guidelines and the requirements listed above, Children's Colorado cannot currently accept hand-sewn fabric masks. However, we can accept complete 3D-printed face shields (must include all parts).

We are assessing these guidelines daily and will update this list if anything changes. If you have questions, please email PPEDonations@childrenscolorado.org and our team will get back to you.

Where to donate

We're currently accepting donations by delivery and by mail at our hospitals in Aurora and Colorado Springs. We will distribute donations throughout our locations as PPE needs arise.

Donating to Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora

Drop off:

We're accepting PPE deliveries at our hospital on Anschutz Medical Campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the shipping dock. Please drive to the dock entrance on 17th Avenue and leave approved PPE donations at the door marked Donations.

Please do not enter the facility or use any public entrances.

By mail:

Please mail PPE to:

Children's Hospital Colorado
Attn: Kyle Starr, Materials Admin
13123 East 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

Donating in Colorado Springs

We're also accepting PPE deliveries by appointment at our hospital in Colorado Springs. Please call the Volunteer Services office at 719-305-7402 to schedule an appointment for drop off.

By mail:

Or, send PPE by mail to:

Children's Hospital Colorado
Attn: Heather Graves
4090 Briargate Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Thank you for your generosity!

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic is expected to impact our nation’s blood supply for months to come. If you're healthy and able to leave home for a short time, you can help others through blood donation.

Why do we need donors now more than ever?

Patients facing critical illness and injury rely on lifesaving blood donations from our community every day. That hasn't changed. Blood donors help minimize disruption to the blood supply and ensure blood is available for kids in our hospital. 

Donating blood is allowed during stay-at-home orders

It's important for healthy potential donors to know that blood donation is considered an essential function during the stay-at-home order (also called shelter-in-place). Donating blood is allowed under the Governor’s order, just like exercising in the park or walking your dog.

Where to donate blood

Learn about safely donating blood and platelets

Note: Donating blood at Children's Colorado is reserved for healthy individuals who do not have any symptoms of illness. All potential donors will be screened over the phone prior to making an appointment. Eligible donors will be screened at the main entrance (including a temperature check) and will maintain a safe distance from other donors throughout the appointment.

As the only non-profit pediatric hospital in our region, we rely on donations from community members to support our world-class pediatric care. Unrestricted giving is urgently needed, so that we can direct immediate funds to where they can do the most good, whether that’s additional masks and protective equipment for caregivers, funding the additional staff hours needed to address this outbreak or providing world-class medical care for the children whose injuries and illnesses will not take a break.

Give to the Children's Fund

Out of an abundance of caution for our patients, we made the difficult decision to close playrooms throughout our locations. With many more patients in isolation and without shared games, toys and the chance to play outside of their rooms, you can help provide fun, distraction and a sense of normalcy for kids by helping us replenish our stock of toys and games.

Make a monetary donation to purchase toys for Denver Metro patients

Make a monetary donation to purchase toys for Southern Colorado patients

How to help in the community

Communities across Colorado and our region are facing enormous challenges during this time. Fortunately, many organizations, including our community partners, are stepping up to meet these needs. We're celebrating the ways our partners are helping outside of our hospital walls – and how you can help them, too.

We'll continue to update this list as we learn of additional resources.

Brent's Place provides safe housing for children and families living with cancer and other immunocompromising conditions. Since Brent's Place cannot accept visitors, they've shared ways to help, including sending an email greeting to lift spirits and providing in-kind donations.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) help families with kids in our hospitals by providing housing, meals and more. The Ronald McDonald Houses in Aurora and Colorado Springs have wish lists where you can donate items in short supply. Better yet? You can purchase items from their lists via Target and Amazon and have your donation delivered. (Please call ahead for instructions if you intend to drop off in person.) Learn how to support RMHC Denver and RMHC Southern Colorado.

Though shelter-in-place orders have shuttered many nonprofits, There With Care is providing essential services to families and children facing critical illness, including current patients at Children’s Colorado.

The Colorado Springs Switchbacks soccer team has announced several community initiatives to support Care and Share, southern Colorado’s largest food bank. Learn how you can join the Switchbacks.

The Denver Broncos are supporting the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, donating meals for families in need through Food Bank of the Rockies and much more. In March, they teamed up with Colorado lawmakers to host a community drive at Empower Field at Mile High where they collected critical medical supplies for Colorado hospitals, including Children's Colorado. By the end of the day, they had enough to fill four trucks and 30 pallets. Go Broncos! Learn more about community initiatives with the Broncos.

The Rocky Mountain Vibes minor league baseball team, Project C.U.R.E. and others hosted a PPE drive in Colorado Springs where they collected critical protective gear for hospitals in the Springs, including Children's Colorado.

YMCAs are providing critical childcare for families of first responders, medical providers and families that need childcare in order to work and provide for their families. Learn more about the availability of childcare at YMCA Denver Metro, YMCA Northern Colorado and YMCA Pikes Peak Region.

While we’ll do our best to keep this list up to date, please note that the following schedules are subject to change.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is bringing the zoo to you. Kids can follow along with animals’ feedings and movements in the habitats on the Giraffe Cam. Kids can also participate in daily animal crafts and bring their animal questions to social media where zoo experts will answer them.

Denver Botanic Gardens is sharing their flowers and gardens on their YouTube channel. As spring brings new growth and blooms, discover new flower and tree names with the help of The Gardens Navigator. You can also find coloring sheets from botanical illustration students.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science has published educational programming for teachers, schools and kids at home. They have “Curiosity Kits” for students of various age ranges and virtual experiences so kids can explore museum exhibits from home. The museum is also inviting kids ages 3 to 18 years old to participate in a LEGO brick-building contest for their upcoming exhibition The Art of the Brick. The Museum will display winners as part of the exhibition. Submissions are due by April 24.

Denver Zoo hosts a live stream program featuring different animals every day at 1 p.m. Mountain Time on the Denver Zoo Facebook page. They are also launching a virtual Zoo to You Safari.

Foothills Park and Recreation District has outdoor spaces that remain open for small families and groups that will obey social distancing guidelines. Please note: Their policy may change or be impacted by local ordinances. Be sure to check their website for updated information.

Macaroni Kids of Highlands Ranch has a printable, daily home schedule for kids. You can print and customize your own schedule on their website.

National Western Stock Show partnered with the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture to create a robust list of virtual field trip resources with environmental, biology and agricultural homeschooling content. The list also includes recommendations for Facebook live events, books, movies and documentaries.

Pikes Peak Library District is encouraging families to take advantage of their online CyberShelf, a resource that houses thousands of eBooks, eVideos and more online resources. The library system is also regularly updating their kids and teens portals with activities, virtual tutoring and gaming opportunities. Visit Pikes Peak Library District on Facebook every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Time for “Cupboard Crafts & Experiments,” where kids can use fun items they have around their homes to do a fun activity.

Rocky Mountain PBS offers the PBS Kids Video App, an app with educational videos and games for children of all ages, to support families homeschooling kids at this time. No subscription required.

WOW! Children’s Museum developed five programs that align with the museum’s top exhibits. Parents and kids can use their list of exhibit activities to create their own recipes, puzzles, games, crafts and more.

YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is offering free workout classes online.

We'll continue to update this page when possible throughout the coronavirus crisis in Colorado. Please share these important resources with your community and return soon to learn about additional ways you can help in the coming weeks. And remember: We're all in this together. Please take care of yourself and each other.

From answers to parents' top questions to important phone numbers to know, we've gathered the coronavirus information you might need during this time and put it all in one place.

Editor's note: This page was updated March 31. Due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, recommendations can change quickly. Please follow all rules and guidelines set by state and local public health and safety authorities. Reference the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for immediate updates on COVID-19.

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