Giving News & Highlights

December deals & events

The season of giving is here! Many of Children's corporate partners are sharing in this excitement and have created opportunities for youto support Children's throughout the metro area.

Masters Collision Group Toy Drive - thru Dec. 15, multiple locations
Master Collision Group is hosting a toy drive in effort to bring joy to children who will be spending their time in the hospitals this holiday season. Drop off a gift at any of the locations listed here through Saturday, Dec. 15.

Buffalo Wild Wings Toy Drive - thru Dec. 17, multiple locations
Your local BWW is collecting new, unwrapped toys to donate to Children's this holiday season. Bring in this flyer and they will also donate 10% of your bill to Children's! Find participating locations. 

Barnes & Nobles Book and Toy Drive - thru Dec. 31, Maplewood
Barnes & Noble's Maplewood location has teamed up with Children's to allow customers the opportunity shop for holiday gifts and great reads and support their friends and neighbors at the same time! Find out more!

Magers & Quinn Book Drive - thru Dec. 31, Minneapolis
This holiday season, Magers & Quinn Booksellers is offering patrons the chance to add a book to their purchase for donation to Children's. Customers can choose to donate popular titles or their favorite children's or teen books. Find out more!

Wilbur Cares Dance Party - Saturday, Jan. 19, Minneapolis
Join us at the Famous Dave's in Calhoun Square for the best family-friendly dance party around! The night will feature a live music, silent auction, games, Wilbur Cares dolls and great BBQ. Register for the event today!

If you choose to support Children's through a toy drive, check out our Wish List of items to see what is needed most. 

And don't forget to check out our ongoing partnerships with Spirit Tae Kwon Do, M & M Mortgage, MorningStar Coffee, Kohl's and Grand Ole Creamery.

Thank you for giving to the max!

Thanks to our incredible donors, Children's had an incredible Give to the Max Day! Together, we raised $118,901 from 594 generous donors on, where we ended as the #8 non-profit in the state of Minnesota. This result is a 250% increase from last year. Wow!

We had such a fun day celebrating in both the St. Paul and Minneapolis hospitals. There was an extended Star Studio program (our in-hospital TV show), kiddie carnival, photo booth, special guests and so much more! See all of the fun on our Facebook photo album.

The generosity and support from the community is going to help us do amazing things for the kids and families we serve at Children's. Thank you for all you do!

Starry Night was an inspirational evening

Thank you so much to everyone who had a part in making the Starry Night event a huge success. It was an enchanting evening full of inspirational art, amazing performances and touching stories.

With over 280 guest in attendance and a total of over $236,000 raised for the Arts & Healing program at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we are able to provide arts programming for patients and families being treated at the hospitals. Programming includes music therapy, creative play and visual arts.

See pictures from the event on Children's Facebook page.

Pre-schedule your Give to the Max Day donations

Worried you’ll forget to give on Nov. 15? Going to be busy that day? Great news - you can pre-schedule your donation right now. It’s so easy!

On a computer:

  1. Visit
  2. Select "schedule one for Give to the Max Day 2012” on the right side in the donation box. If you haven’t created a login yet, you can quickly sign up through Facebook.
  3. Enter your gift information.
  4. Your gift will automatically be processed on Nov. 15 at 12 a.m.

On a smart phone:

  1. Visit
  2. Select ‘Pledge’ and enter your email and amount
  3. An email will be sent to you as a reminder. Follow the link on Nov. 15 to complete your donation.

Of course, you can also give on Give to the Max Day by visiting Pre-scheduled or not, all gifts given to Children's on the Give to the Max Day webpage will be doubled thanks to our matching gifts opportunities!

Give to the Max Day - Nov. 15

On Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, Children’s will be participating in Minnesota’s day of philanthropy, Give to the Max Day, in hopes of raising over $100,000 for our patients and families. With your help, we can reach our ambitious goal!

Here are three easy ways you can participate in Give to the Max Day:

1. Make a gift to your favorite program! Your support on Nov. 15 helps us help kids, leverages matching gift opportunities and positions Children’s among the top charities in Minnesota when 50,000 donors are making gifts. Give via To choose the program your gift is supporting, click “Designate this donation for a specific cause” during the donation process and write in the program’s name.

2. Reach out to your networks: Encourage your friends and family to join you in supporting Children’s on November 15 by making a gift on You can designate your gift to the program of your choice and matching funds will be available, helping to maximize each gift that is made!

3. Join in Children’s Instagram challenge: Beginning October 15, Children’s is offering community members an opportunity to share their most inspiring Instagram photos via Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Learn more on the Kid's Health blog!

Thank you for considering partnering with Children’s on Give to the Max Day! Together, we will do great things of Minnesota’s kids and families!