Charity Information 2017-07-30T04:35:21+00:00

2017 Sponsored Charity

It is an NMA tradition to Leave a Positive Footprint wherever we gather, by making a contribution to a local charity. At every CLT (Chapter Leadership Training) and NMA Annual Conference, our Community & Communications Committee (C&C) selects a local charity for NMA to sponsor. We then ask our attendees (as chapters, and as individuals) to consider making a small, financial donation to that charity. However, these “small donations” can add up quickly and make a BIG difference. At last year’s Annual Conference, we were able to raise $5,000 to support “We Heart Veterans.” This year, we will be sponsoring “Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.”

“Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is committed to providing excellence in pediatric health care to all children. As part of this vision, the Child Life Department aims to support the psychosocial needs of the child and the entire family. The winter holidays highlight for children and families the increased stress related to illness and missing out on significant life events that their peers are experiencing. In an effort to ease this stress and to bring a touch of “normalness” to their childhood, the Child Life Department facilitates the Wonderland Shopping Experience. This event allows families to shop for their children without the burden of finances or leaving the hospital where their child is being cared for. We have received an overwhelming response from our families of the significance this event holds in their lives…allowing them to fulfill their “holiday role” without interrupting their child’s magical dreams. It is only because of our very generous community of donors that this event is even possible. Through donations of time, talent and treasure, this event is pulled off each year in spectacular style!”

For more information, click the button below to visit their website.

Toys and child-appropriate gift items are needed for their patients throughout the year. If you feel like going the extra mile, you may consider bringing a small item for donation, in addition your monetary contribution. If you donate an item small enough to fit in a suitcase, the charity is sending two representatives to speak at our conference. Below, you will find some of the items on their holiday “wish list.”

  • Infant and Toddler Needs

  • Activity playtime & gyms
  • Animal buddy/blankets
  • Baby books (scrap/memory books)
  • Baby photo book/picture frames
  • Bath toys
  • Bibs
  • Board books / soft books
  • “Boppies”
  • Bottle sets
  • “Bumbo” chairs
  • Car seat toys
  • Umbrella Strollers
  • Crib toys/soothers & mobiles
  • Diapers
  • “Dreamlites” / animal night lights
  • Feeding sets
  • Layette sets (NICU)
  • Pacifier Pals
  • Links
  • Lullaby CDs
  • White Noise Machines
  • Musical light­up toys
  • Onesies
  • “Little People” Toys
  • Teething toys
  • Pop­up toys
  • Preemie clothing
  • Rattles
  • Recordable books
  • Safety mirrors
  • Simple puzzles/wooden puzzles
  • Tummy Time Gyms
  • Peg boards
  • Sleep sets
  • Socks & booties
  • Infant-safe stuffed animals
  • Stacking toys/shape sorters
  • Swaddling blanket (Miracle Blanket)
  • Adolescent Needs

  • 3D Puzzles/snap together models
  • Xbox games
  • Acrylic paint sets with brushes
  • Advanced art/craft kits
  • Art canvas
  • Athletic gear
  • Baseball caps
  • Bead kits
  • Beauty kits
  • Best-selling teen novels
  • Digital cameras
  • Card games (Uno, Skip-Bo, Phase 10)
  • Charcoal pencils/oil pastels
  • “Chill and Spill” journals
  • IPhone Speakers
  • Accessories (jewelry, scarves, watches)
  • Phone and MP3 player accessories
  • Headphones
  • Electronic games (Bop it, Catch Phrase)
  • Fun/Funny T-shirts
  • Gaming chairs and accessories
  • Glass beads/teen beads
  • Phone Accessories (covers, cases, chargers)
  • Lego and other building kits
  • Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith
  • Model cars/kits
  • Nail kits/make-up
  • Wallets, bags, sunglasses
  • PG­13 new releases
  • Scrapbook kits
  • Skateboards and helmets
  • Sketchpads
  • Spa kits
  • Sports bottles/workout-yoga gear
  • Posters
  • Sports team gear
  • Tablet accessories
  • Teen clothing/PJs
  • Other Needs

  • Connect Four, Checkers, Chess
  • Fishing Games, Bop it, Catch Phrase
  • Guess Who
  • Life
  • Monopoly
  • Jenga
  • Clue
  • Scrabble, Scrabble Flash, Bananagrams
  • Cards (UNO, Skip-Bo, Phase 10)
  • Mancala
  • Trouble, Sorry
  • Yahtzee
  • Baby dolls and doll accessories
  • Bead kits and other craft kits
  • Bilingual /Spanish items
  • Birthday bags/wrapping paper
  • Building kits (wood or metal)
  • Coloring books
  • Sports equipment: Nerf balls, small basketball sets
  • Clothing items: PJ pants, boxers
  • Pillow Pets
  • Play kitchen and accessories
  • Portable DVD players
  • Snap together car models
  • TV (Flat Screen) with DVD player
  • Window clings
  • Play-Doh
  • Legos
  • Special Populations

  • We also have a high need for items for children with sensory processing disorders, developmental delay, and autism. Many items for this population can be found at www.sensoryuniversity.com.
  • Sensory toys
  • Plush vibrating pillow
  • Chewy tubs
  • Light chasers/light spinners
  • Weighted blankets
  • Weighted toys
  • Bubbles
  • Shaving cream