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Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

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Help Make the Holidays in the Hospital a Little Brighter

November 30, 2015

Throughout the year WakeMed is fortunate to receive countless gifts that help bring comfort and care to patients and their families. As the holidays approach, many families and community groups make an extra commitment to give a little more to support kids and families who are in difficult situations.

The gifts come in all shapes and sizes. From blankets to toys, books, crafts and monetary donations, each gift that comes to the hospital adds to the story of a patient who probably needed a little extra care and cheer at a particularly tough time.  Open your heart this year to spread a little holiday cheer where it is most needed.

Our Wish List

PetSmart donates hundreds of stuffed animals to children hospitalized at WakeMed every year.
  • Washable rattles, squeaky toys
  • Busy box/Music box crib toys (no cloth)
  • Pacifiers
  • Musical toys for babies and toddlers (no cloth)
  • Light up toys for babies and toddlers (no cloth)
  • New, soft baby toys


  • Fingernail polish
  • Manicure set
  • Scented lotions
  • Puzzles
  • Small soft sports balls
  • Journals

Patient entertainment

  • Crayola Washable Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Small Animal figures (plastic)
  • Small people figures (plastic)
  • Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars
  • Playdoh
  • Board/card games
  • Wooden puzzles
  • ISpy books/cognitive distraction books
  • Craft kits
  • Barbies
  • Legos
  • Children’s sunglasses
  • Dolls
  • New stuffed animals


  • Portable DVD players
  • DVD’s – movies (G or PG)
  • DVD’s – Aquarium and/or music
  • Nintendo DS or Playstation game systems
  • Video games for Playstation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS and XBOX 360

Donation Days
If you are interested in to a child who is in the hospital over the holidays, the WakeMed Foundation is happy to accept your gift and encourages all groups and individuals to stop by the Main Visitor Lobby of WakeMed’s Raleigh Campus at 3000 New Bern Avenue to make your donation on one of the following days:

Monday, December 7
11 am to 1 pm

Wednesday, December 9
6 to 8:30 pm

Tuesday, December 15
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Thursday, December 17
5:30 to 7:30 pm

If you are unable to deliver items during the designated time or have questions, please contact the WakeMed Foundation at 919-350-7656. Items donated to WakeMed Children’s are provided to patients who are in the hospital over the holidays as well as throughout the year.