Help Us Help Kids
and families

Children's, as you know, is not an organization that merely wishes things would be different.We take action.

Take Action for Kids

These events are great ways to support Children's.

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July 29–31: Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic
Junior Singles Tournament Teen tennis players: Compete in a Level 6 tournament at Life Time Fitness White Bear Lake to support cancer research at Children's.

August 4–7: Pine Tree Tennis Classic
Proceeds from this mixed-doubles tournament have helped the cancer research fund at Children's. Join us for our 26th year! You can also participate in the 5K or 10K runs on Sunday, August 7.

October 13: Cocktails for a Cause
Save the date! This annual event raises funds for our cardiac program, and will feature entertainment, hors d'ouevres, a silent auction, a raffle and a cash bar.

Every Wednesday, 4–5 p.m.: Hard Hat Tours
Get behind the scenes of expansion at Children's - St. Paul. Tours are free but space is limited. To register, contact Heather Riddle at 651-220-7370.

We love seeing Children's supporters out in the community for events like these, and others. No event is too large or too small to help our kids. Recently, the 20th annual Thank God for Kids event raised $1.3 million, and the second annual Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hour event raised $14,000.

Progress for Kids

The Geek Squad Precinct at Children's, the first of its kind within a hospital, was awarded the 2011 Innovation of the Year in Patient Care Award from the Minnesota Hospital Association in May. Geek Squad serves an average of 1,288 patients and families per month through room visits, walk-ins, and phone calls – and best of all, these services are free thanks to a generous gift from Best Buy.

While she may not be a medical expert, Oprah Winfrey knows a good story when she hears one, and as you already know, our families have a lot of those to share. This one was exceptional: one of our mothers donated her son's heart to a family in Chicago.

Watch online: bit.ly/OprahChildrensMN.

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U.S. News Media Group has named Children's to its list of America's Best Children's Hospitals –the fifth time we've been ranked among the nation's best in neonatology, and the first for cardiology and heart surgery, pulmonology and cancer. You can read more about it in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report.

Be sure to check our website (www.childrensmn.org) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/childrensminnesota) for more details about news at Children's, including updates about the new Ronald McDonald house, the American Nurses Association Immunity Award for Children's Director of Infectious Disease Services Patsy Stinchfield, and other stories.

Healing Kids

Our Midwest Children's Resource Center (MCRC) is one example. Established in 1986, the hospital-based program provides evaluations and medical services to children who have been abused or neglected. The program evaluates the home care situations of over 1,000 children every year. MCRC's programs include:

A Runaway Intervention Program that helps empower teen runaways and rape victims, and facilitates safe returns to their families.

The Shaken Baby Prevention Program which distributes an educational video to new parents.

The First Steps Program, providing support to teen parents including activities, classes, mentor relationships and phone support.

In our community outreach work, we don't so much "speak kid" as speak to kids and for kids. We give them a calm place in the storm. We help to build healthy families. And your support is critical – over 60% of the MCRC programming depends on funds from donors like you.

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Give to Kids Make a Donation

A gift to our urgent needs fund allows us to direct resources where they are most needed, but we appreciate support for any of our ongoing efforts to help our kids.

Gift designations to support our community:

Midwest Children's Resource Center (MCRC)

Charity Care

Urgent Needs

In addition, you can make a donation in the amount of a specific service through our Giving Store – like children's books, wagons and special care treatments:

Finally, we encourage you to utilize your employer's matching gift program, if one is available to you.

Your gifts to us indicate you trust us to keep taking exceptional care of kids, both in our hospitals and in our greater community.

We appreciate that trust and your ongoing support.

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"I've held parents in my arms whose children have died from vaccine-preventable diseases."
— Patsy Stinchfield, Children's Director of Infectious Disease Services

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"We need 95% of the population to get vaccinated in order to keep measles from spreading."
— Dr. Martin G. Meyers, Director of the National Network forImmunization Information

"If we can get immunizations right, we can really get our health care system right."
— Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health

Speaking for Kids

When we say we "speak kid," we do. We also speak for kids, especially those who have no voice for themselves. Speaking for kids means that we are more than just buildings where sick kids come to get better. It means seeking ways to care for kids from a variety of backgrounds with a variety of complicated issues, throughout our community.

Part of our role as a leading pediatric hospital in the Midwest is to help prevent patients from ever coming through our doors in the first place. We have researchers and public health specialists who proactively reach beyond our walls to help identify and address problems that might go unseen, or worse, ignored without our attention.

How are we doing it?

In April, we hosted the Minnesota Vaccination Awareness Forum, featuring a panel of experts to answer important questions about vaccines and public health in the light of the recent measles outbreak.

This spring, when our CEO asked our supporters to reach out to legislators through the Children's Advocacy Network, over 150 participated in the first week alone. Given the current budget situation, this support is crucial. Learn more online at childrensmn.org/AboutUs/VoiceForChildren.

We provide care for what children need to heal and not just what families can afford to pay. We make up the difference between the cost of care and Medicaid reimbursements to the tune of over $8 million per year.

We don't do it alone. All of this amazing work is made possible by our donors and community advocates.

For more information from the Vaccine Awareness Forum, visit bit.ly/vaccinationforum.