Who Benefits

Who benefits from the Virtual Toy Drive?

All areas of the Children's Hospital benefit from donations made to the Virtual Toy Drive. Listed below are just a handful of the areas that need your help:

  • Bereavement
  • BI-LO Charities Children's Cancer Center
  • Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Chaplaincy
  • Child Life
  • Children's ER
  • Children's Hospital Outpatient Centers
  • Children's Hospital School
  • Family Support
  • General Pediatrics 5E/6E
  • Girls On The Run Program
  • Kidnetics
  • Neurodiagnostics
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Pet Therapy
  • Safe Kids Upstate
  • Social Work
  • Wonder Center


Here's a quick look at the programs that benefit from Virtual Toy Drive. For full details, please visit http://www.ghs.org.


A Greenville Health System University Medical Center (GHS) Children's Hospital bereavement program was developed to provide grief support to families who experience the death of a hospitalized child.  The program provides for keepsakes for parents and age-appropriate memory bags for siblings, along with counseling and support.  The program also supports the staff that cares for the families.  Each year, during Children in Hospitals Week, a bereavement ceremony is conducted by Children's Hospital staff to recognize children who have died during the past year while in our care.   

Items that benefit this department:

Tribute Service

BI-LO® Charities Children's Cancer Center

In 2007, BI-LO® Charities gave $2.5 million to create and endow the BI-LO® Charities Children's Cancer Center located within Children's Hospital. The BI-LO Charities Children's Cancer Center is made up of a 14-bed inpatient unit and outpatient unit with clinical, research and educational components. The center provides comprehensive cancer services to infants, children and young adults living in upstate South Carolina, western North Carolina and northern Georgia. Programs supported by the BI-LO Charities gift include Child Life, chaplaincy, social work and psychological services, support groups and the center's innovative school re-entry program. These programs combine to create the "Whole Child" concept, which enhances the basic medical services provided by the center.

Items that benefit this department:

Medikin Teaching Bone

Fisher Price® Medical Kits

Leap Frog Learning Toys

Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Greenville Memorial Hospital offers the region's largest, most advanced level of specialty care for premature or critically ill infants. As one of the state's premiere perinatal centers, we're ready every day, all day, with the latest technology and monitoring equipment specially designed for tiny babies. In addition, our on-site neonatal doctors are available around the clock and backed by the area's largest number of pediatric subspecialists to serve the 750 babies treated here annually. And when it's time to bring babies home, our Children's Hospital is one of the few nationwide with a program to teach parents how to care for children with special needs.

Items that benefit this department:

Bouncy Seat

Crib CD Player



GHS respects and honors the many cultural, spiritual and ethnic characteristics of our patients and visitors. A full-time chaplain, always on call for comfort and counsel, is devoted to meeting the spiritual needs of children utilizing services in Children's Hospital.  

Items that benefit this department:

Baptismal Bibs

Holy Bible: New Testament


Child Life Program

Child Life specialists use many of the items you see listed in the Virtual Toy Drive for therapy, stress reduction, and education when helping children. Beth Ball, director of the Child Life Program, notes that Child Life specialists reduce children's fears by explaining medical procedures. They also help children cope with a procedure and the hospital environment by providing activities designed for those purposes. Such goal-focused intervention aids children in understanding what is happening to them and in getting through an event that is scary or painful. When children can master a medical experience, they leave with both their self-esteem intact and the knowledge that they can trust the people who help take care of them. How children feel after the medical experience shapes their image and feelings about health care as they grow up. We want children to have a positive experience and not dread seeking medical assistance.

Items that benefit this department:

Rattles, Teethers, and Shakers

Room Decoration Kits


Children's Emergency Center

Tailored just for kids, GHS Children's Emergency Center in Greenville Memorial Hospital is uniquely designed for the 25,000 children and young people it treats, preparing everything from medical equipment to patient rooms. An examination table can be disguised as a purple hippopotamus or take the form of a parent's lap. Everyone on staff approaches emergency care through the eyes of a child, and all are specially trained in pediatric care and sensitive to the needs of children and their families.

Items that benefit this department:

Magna Doodle

Vein Transilluminator


Children's Hospital Outpatient Center

A full range of diagnostic and treatment services, including radiology, surgery and pharmacy services dedicated to children, are available at GHS Children's Hospital Outpatient Center, located on the Patewood Medical Campus on Greenville's Eastside. A wide variety of physician practices are also housed in the Outpatient Center, including Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Pediatric Sleep Medicine and Pediatric Urology.

Items that benefit this department:

Coloring Books

Ultra Soft Blocks


Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run of GHS Children's Hospital is an affiliate council of Girls on the Run International, a non-profit prevention program that uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect, strong values and healthy living. Through interactive activities such as running, playing games, and discussing important issues, participants nurture their physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being and learn how to celebrate being girls. The GHS program serves the cities of Greenville, Greer, Clemson, Taylors, Berea, Central, Simpsonville, and Mauldin.

Items that benefit this department:

Girls on the Run Water Bottle

Girls on the Run T-shirt



Kidnetics, a program of the GHS Children's Hospital, provides inpatient and outpatient therapeutic services for children with speech, language and motor difficulties. The treatment program is located in the Center for Developmental Services on Academy Street and at Children's Hospital on the Greenville Memorial Hospital Campus. Our comprehensive treatment team includes registered and licensed occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech/language pathologists. Team members work in conjunction with the child's family, physician, and school to extend all therapies into the child's environment and maintain a continuum of care.

Items that benefit this department:


Bilingual Therapy Materials


Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology group at GHS Children's Hospital treats children from birth to age 21. All types of childhood cancer and blood disorders, including cogaulopathies, sickle cell disease, and other anemias and white blood cell diseases are diagnosed and treated by a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, and Child Life specialists.Because Children's Hospital is a member of a national childhood cancer study group called the Children's Oncology Group (COG), we can provide patients with access to innovative new therapies across the country and around the world.  In addition, our Sickle Cell Disease Center and Hemophilia Program provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients with these disorders.

Items that benefit this department:

Marshmallow Shooter

Learning Toy Gift Card


Pediatric Infectious Disease

The area's only pediatric infectious disease specialists evaluate and treat children with recurrent infections (pneumonia, sinus), resistant infections, immunodeficiencies (in addition to HIV), bone and joint disease, heart infections, GI infections, urinary tract infections, recurrent skin infections, and fevers of an unknown origin. Services offered at Greenville Health System Children's Hospital include HIV screenings and treatment, home IV antibiotic management, pre-travel preparations for disease prevention, and medical evaluation of adopted babies born outside the U.S.

Items that benefit this department:

Gas Gift Cards

Memory Album


Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Critically ill infants, children and adolescents up to age 18 receive constant care, sophisticated monitoring and specialized therapies in the region's only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at GHS Children's Hospital.  The PICU at the GHSChildren's Hospital centers around twelve ICU beds located in a separate unit on the fifth floor of the Children's Hospital tower. The PICU team includes four in-house, American-board-certified pediatric critical care physicians as well as in-house pediatric resident physicians and a full-time child life specialist who is specially trained to help children and families cope during their time in the hospital. The PICU supports a pediatric transport team, which will bring critically ill children within a radius of 50 miles to Children's Hospital. A team of paramedics, specially trained respiratory therapists, pediatric intensivists and PICU critical care nurses are on call to transport critically ill children to the Children's Hospital PICU by helicopter or ambulance, supervising their care all the way.

Items that benefit this department:

Sippy Cups

Infant Crib Swing


Pediatric Radiology

The GHS Children's Hospital Outpatient Radiology Center offers pediatric radiologists, technologists trained in pediatric imaging, Child Life services, and a colorful child-friendly waiting area. Its location on the GHS Patewood Medical Campus, in the same building as the Children's Hospital Outpatient Center and the Outpatient Surgery Center, often means that a child's medical needs can all be served at one location. A pediatric radiologist is on-site around the clock to serve pediatric inpatients at the Children's Hospital and neonatal intensive care unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Unique to the region, the Children's Hospital has the only pediatric radiologist on staff performing hip ultrasounds to look for a dislocated or underdeveloped hip in infants, as well as other specialty procedures.

Items that benefit this department:

Relaxation CDs

Pet Therapy

One of the ways that GHS Children's Hospital exemplifies compassionate healing is through pet therapy. Trained therapy dogs, along with their owners, pay regular visits to Children's Hospital patients. Studies have shown that these visits provide a wealth of social, emotional and physical benefits – including improved moods and reduced anxiety – for both the children and the hospital staff.

Items that benefit this department:

Therapy dog and training 


Safe Kids Upstate

Safe Kids Upstate, led by GHS Children's Hospital Children's Advocacy, is one of more than 450 coalitions affiliated with Safe Kids Worldwide®, an organization whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. There are 15 Safe Kids coalitions in South Carolina. The Upstate coalition consists of more than 70 community partners who join together to fight unintentional injuries.

Items that benefit this department:

Fire Extinguishers

School Safety Patrol Program



Wonder Center

GHS Children's Hospital Wonder Center, a day treatment center for children with multiple medical and developmental problems, is a welcoming resource for parents when conventional daycare is not an option. The Wonder Center, located in the Child Development Center (CDS) on Academy Street in Greenville, provides economical day treatment services to children who are technology-dependent and/or medically fragile.  The care team includes a developmental pediatrician, pediatric nurses, and a pediatric social worker. Staffing ratios include one nurse for every three children, who are referred by their physicians or hospitals.  Pediatric therapies offered by Children's Hospital Kidnetics program is also available for children at the Wonder Center.

Items that benefit this department:

Tactile Flash Cards

Peanut Ball