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The Kids Fund

Our Kid’s Fund ensures every kid receives extraordinary care, regardless of his or her family’s ability to pay for treatment. Caring for kids includes costs adult hospitals do not have – from kid-sized equipment to kid and family centered services not covered by insurance. Your gift to the Kids Fund, our most vital fund, is put to work immediately. Whether helping purchase new life-saving equipment or preemie diapers for our NICU, every dollar of your unconditional support impacts the most pressing needs of our patients, families, and our frontline caregivers. Help us continue to cure cancer, perform pediatric heart surgery, provide expert care for our tiniest patients in our NICU and 24/7 emergency care.

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Donate via mail with our Kids Fund Pledge Form

Help Patient Families

The Leaman Fund

The Leaman Family Fund fund provides critical assistance to our patient families in need of financial support while their child receives care at Children's Hospital New Orleans. Requests range from help paying utility bills to assistance purchasing life-saving compounded prescription medication, not covered by insurance. Support our families in their most vulnerable time.

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Community Benefits Programs

The Hales Fund

Dr. Stephen Hales has served the greater New Orleans community as a beloved community pediatrician for more than 40 years and has served on the Board Trustees for Children’s Hospital. With his leadership, Children’s Hospital first invested in Community Benefits Programs in the 1990s to best serve the needs of our community. Our Hales Fund for Community Programs continues that legacy of service to our Louisiana communities. The Hales Fund helps support programs like: The Audrey Hepburn Children at Risk Evaluation (CARE) Center, Autism Center, The Parenting Center, Ventilator-Assisted Care Program, Cochlear Implant Program, Immunization Program, The Miracle League of New Orleans & Northshore, ThriveKids Student Wellness Project, and The 15 White Coats.

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Child Life & Creative Therapies

Child Life Fund

Our Child Life Department is here to help patients understand their illnesses, decrease anxiety and cope with being in the hospital. Our specialists seek to make the hospital a "not-so-scary” place for children. With patients and families as the center of the team, we work to treat the whole child. The Child Life Department uses play, recreation and music to provide opportunities for our patients that encourage mastery, coping, normalization, socialization, and expression of feelings.

To donate please contact the Child Life Department at 504.896.9350 or purchase items from our Child Life Department wish list using the links below:

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Child Life Toy Donation Guidelines >>

Creating art, healing hearts

Amy’s Art Cart

Amy's Art Cart is a mobile art cart to serve pediatric patients at Children's Hospital in New Orleans. Funds are used to stock the cart with art supplies, coloring books, craft sets, board games and even a mini library to bring joy and a creative outlet to hundreds of kids. Amy's Art Cart is dedicated in the name of Amy Palmer, a local artist and art teacher who lost her fight with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012. Learn more about Amy's Art Cart >>

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Dash's Dream Fund

In memory of William Dashle “Dash” Barrett

Your gift will help build and maintain an aquarium, in memory of William Dashle “Dash” Barrett, at Children's Hospital New Orleans, for patients and families to enjoy - something Dash enjoyed very much throughout his many years receiving care at Children's Hospital.

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Palliative Care Support

Asher Pinsky Memorial Fund

Jill and Michael Pinsky established the Asher Pinsky Memorial Fund in honor of their beloved son, who died in June 2020 at just three months old from a rare epilepsy syndrome. The Asher Pinsky Memorial Fund seeks to ensure all children and families facing serious illness have access to exceptional, compassionate care. Asher’s Fund supports the Palliative Care program through advanced training and certification for the Pelican Krewe Staff, as well as educational opportunities and training for the rest of the Children’s Hospital New Orleans community.

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Heart Center Support

Heart Center Fund

Your gift today helps Children’s Hospital New Orleans provide extraordinary care to every child cared for in our Heart Center, regardless of his or her family's ability to pay, and meet the greatest needs of our Heart Center. The Heart Center at Children's Hospital provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients with congenital cardiovascular disorders, from before they are born, through childhood and into their adult years. Our accomplished and dedicated team of specialists includes physicians, surgeons, nurses and support staff who are trained to care for the unique needs of children with heart disease as well as their families. The goal of The Heart Center is to enhance the quality of life for every child. Your support helps us fulfill that mission.

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Ernest Siwik, MD Life After Loss Program

To honor the memory of Dr. Ernie Siwik, and to and ensure that no child has to grieve alone, we have created the Ernest Siwik Life After Loss Program within the Trauma and Grief Center at Children's Hospital. The program is dedicated to supporting children and families who have lost loved ones to suicide. This program allows us to provide mental health support to hundreds of suicide- bereaved children across New Orleans and help them to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that there is life after loss.

To donate to the Ernest Siwik Life After Loss Program, call 504.896.9375 or donate online here >>

Please select "honors and memorials" - noting Memorial Gift in honor of Dr. Ernie Siwik.

Charles Berry Wilson Fund (Team Member Assistance)

The Charles Berry Wilson Team Member Fund is set up to help directly ease the financial burden on our healthcare heroes during times of personal crisis. Children’s Hospital New Orleans employees are continuing to provide expert care through any challenge, whether a pandemic or natural disaster. Funds will be granted to employees of Children’s Hospital New Orleans who apply and are approved for support.

To donate to the Charles Berry Wilson Fund please call 504.896.9375 or donate online here >>

Other Restricted & Programmatic Support

If you are interested in designating your gift to one of our signature service lines like our Heart Center, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, ThriveKids Student Wellness Project, or Behavioral Health please contact the Development Department directly at 504.896.9375.

To donate via mail:

Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Attn: Development Department

200 Henry Clay Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70118

To donate via phone call 504.896.9375