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Pediatric Donations

Whatever your reason for giving, our patients and staff appreciate your gift.

Volunteer Your Time

Memorial Hospital's Volunteer Services trains and supervises a dedicated group of volunteers who assist patients and families with activities in the pediatric play area as well as at the bedside. Please call (661) 327-4647 ext. 4454 for more information on how you can get involved.

Make a Donation

The Lauren Small Children's Center at Memorial Hospital depends upon the generosity of the community to help us provide for the special needs of children and teens. Donations of new toys, gift certificates and/or cash for the purchase of toys and supplies all go a long way in helping us to provide children and teens with play and recreational opportunities. Please call Karen Reeves, Patient and Family Centered Care Volunteer, at (661) 342-0555 or email Karen at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding a donation.

  • Your group may request to personally distribute gifts to children. Our staff and volunteers will make every effort to accommodate your request. However due to our infection control policy and to protect the privacy and safety of our patients, some donations may be distributed to the children by hospital staff.
  • Due to our infection control policy, stuffed/cloth toys and animals must be brand new with the tags still on them.
  • Homemade food items or unwrapped candy cannot be accepted. Toys should not be wrapped as presents.
  • Our infection control policy does not allow children younger than five years of age be allowed on the Pediatric Unit or in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

You can donate monetary gifts by visiting the Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation at or call (661) 327-4647 ext. 4641.

Donate Toys and Supplies

Please follow the guidelines above if you would like to make a donation of new toys. Please contact Patient and Family Centered Care Volunteer Karen Reeves to donate the following items:

  • Arts and craft supplies
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • New books, DVD's and XBox games
  • New stuffed animals and toys

We also accept gift cards to purchase supplies throughout the year from:

  • Michaels' Crafts
  • Target
  • Toys R Us
  • Walmart

Schedule a Visit or Donation

To schedule a donation and/or visit to the Lauren Small Children's Center please contact Patient Family Centered Care Volunteer Karen Reeves at (661) 342-0555 or click the request form button below.

Donations and tours must be scheduled at least two week in advance, and in some cases, may be scheduled on weekends and after hours.

Click here for our Pediatric Donation Form

Tours and donations will not be accepted on major holidays including Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Memorial Day and New Years Day.

Pediatric Donations

Learn more about the Lauren Small Children's Center

Lauren's Story

The Lauren Small Children's center is named after Lauren Paige Small, a Bakersfield girl who inspired the community through her brave two-year battle with cancer.


Read Lauren's story