Children’s Hospital Book Market remains on hold due to COVID-19

Volunteers not able to collect book donations

Winnipeg, MB – The Children’s Hospital Book Market remains on hold due to COVID-19. The health and safety of volunteers and the public is the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba’s top priority. No books are being collected and the public is reminded NOT to drop off donations at firehalls or Dufresne Furniture and Appliances stores, as they will not be accepted.

As COVID-19 continues to challenge the healthcare system, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is grateful for supporters who #ContinueCaringForKids by donating online at goodbear.ca.

The Book Market has been on hold since spring, 2020 due to the pandemic. The sale typically raises over $300,000 of the $500,000 needed to fund important programs that comfort children in hospital. These include:

  • Children’s Hospital TV (CHTV), the in-house TV station that provides free programming for all patients and broadcasts a live, daily show to engage and entertain kids in hospital
  • Music Therapy
  • The Book Corner and Family Information Library
  • Therapeutic clowning
  • The playroom, that has not only toys but a mini hospital environment where kids can learn about procedures they will experience in hospital (Child Life specialists also bring the playroom experience to kids who can’t leave their rooms, which has been very important with COVID-19 restrictions)

If you would like to support kids in hospital with the gift of play, please consider making a donation similar to the amount you would have spent on a book at goodbear.ca.