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COVID-19 Updates and Impact on Foundation Activities

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Children's Hospital Foundation has adjusted many previously announced events and activities. We will post ongoing updates to this page regarding our activities. For additional resources from Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, including the hospital's response and current operations during the pandemic, please visit chrichmond.org/covid19.

Updated April 14, 2020

Key Provisions of the CARES Act and Charitable Giving in 2020

In response to the health crisis facing our nation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law in March of 2020. Most of the reporting surrounding the Act has focused on the economic relief that will be coming to individuals and businesses, but there are provisions contained in the Act that impact charitable giving options for individuals who are interested in supporting Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU during these unprecedented times. Read more here.

CHoR Virtual Town Hall

On Saturday, April 4, specialists from Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU held a Virtual Town Hall for supporters and members of the community to hear an update about the spread of the virus in our community and our the hospital team’s response and outlook for the future. For those who could not join the call, clips are available below.

Part 1 – Introductions (10:27)

Part 1 Transcript

Hear from Elias Neujahr, CHoR CEO; Dr. Bruce Rubin, CHoR Physician-in-Chief; and Jeniece Roane, Associate Vice President of Operations and Associate Chief Nursing Officer. They provide an overview of the work currently being done at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Part 2 – Dr. Jeff Donowitz, Infectious Disease Specialist (11:30)

Part 2 Transcript

Dr. Donowitz provides an overview of the COVID-19 virus, beginning with the historical context of similar viruses in the past and extending into what our community is facing today and into the future.

Part 3 – Dr. Frank Petruzella, Chief of Emergency Medicine (5:02)

Part 3 Transcript

Dr. Petruzella outlines the ways in which the emergency department at CHoR is prepared to respond to this crisis as part of VCU Health.

Part 4 – Dr. Romesh Wijesooriya, Chief of General Pediatrics (8:37)

Part 4 Transcript

Dr. Wijesooriya gives an update regarding the use of telemedicine at CHoR and VCU Health and the extraordinary efforts the hospital team is undertaking to guarantee children in our community are continuing to get the care they need during this time.

Part 5 – Audience Q&A (12:57)

Members of the audience submit questions for our specialists.

Ways to help

Our focus continues to be on providing the best care for all kids and families.

If you would like to support our efforts specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider getting involved in one of the following ways.

Donate personal protective equipment

Hospitals across the country are looking ahead at how they can care for many more patients to come during COVID-19. We currently have sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment to keep our doctors and nurses safe on the frontlines, but we cannot predict the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To prevent future shortages of PPE and protect our clinicians until transmission of the virus is over, we are reaching out to the community for support.

For more information on donations, please call (804) 628-0400.

If you are an organization or business (labs, construction, machinery, salons and other personal services) with supplies of PPE, please consider a donation of your supplies to help us protect the physicians, nurses and other team members working for the safety and wellbeing of our community.

We welcome donations of the following items:

  • Surgical masks
  • N95 masks
  • Face shields
  • Disposable gowns
  • Latex-free gloves
  • Goggles
  • Shoe covers
  • Head covers
  • Germicide wipes

Please bring your donations in a bag or box, if possible.

Bring donations to:
VCU Medical Center Gateway Building
Valet entrance
1200 E. Marshall St.
Richmond, VA

Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.-11 p.m.

Valet personnel will assist you with your donation. You can download this form, complete it and mail it to Children's Hospital Foundation to receive a receipt for your donation.

Donate blood

VCU Health and the American Red Cross are hosting local blood drives to prevent blood supply shortages for hospital patients. We encourage healthy, eligible individuals to donate blood or platelets during this time.

Words of encouragement

We greatly appreciate and happily accept messages of thanks and encouragement for our team members. Share your message on our Facebook page so all our team members can see your words of encouragement.

Financial contributions

When you can, please consider making a financial contribution to support our patients’ and care providers’ most pressing needs. Please visit this page to make your gift.

Out of concern for the health and safety of our patients and team members, our child life department has temporarily suspended in-kind donations. Child life depends on community to help make the hospital a little more fun. If you'd like to support our patients during this time, Walmart gift cards are a helpful substitute!

We cannot accept individual food donations

Should an organization or restaurant wish to partner with VCU Health to donate food for employees, please contact Nathan Cunningham at (804) 628-1795. At this time, we accept only take-out donations.


Please contact Sarah Deis for more information regarding any of the opportunities above.

A message from our President:


I know your inboxes must be as full as mine with announcements concerning the unprecedented impact that COVID-19 has had on the people, businesses, and organizations in your life. Our team at Children’s Hospital Foundation has been working diligently over the past 10 days to adjust our activities and operations to best support the needs of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the children and families we serve, and our partners in the community. I want to thank all of you for the many messages of concern and support we have received recently and also share an update on what we are doing to respond to the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus.

You are truly a critical part of our team, and first and foremost I hope you are taking care of yourselves, your families, and your loved ones. Every day in our work, we see the true impact of compassion and how great things can be accomplished when we come together around the most vulnerable members of our community. The current extraordinary efforts that we are seeing locally and nationally are an embodiment of what we see as the core of our mission—caring for one another.

Children’s Hospital Foundation’s response to COVID-19:

As our region’s full-service children’s hospital, CHoR is continuing its daily work of ensuring the health and well-being of our community’s children. The health and safety of patients, team members and visitors within the hospital environment are critical at all times, and our visitor guidelines have been updated with new restrictions. Complete details regarding CHoR and VCU Health’s response to COVID-19 can be found at chrichmond.org/covid19. That page will continue to be updated as the situation evolves, so feel free to save the link if it is a useful resource for you.

As we continue our work in support of our partners at CHoR, our Foundation team has made some operational changes:

  • All Foundation employees have transitioned to a remote work environment. While we are all still available and continuing our work, please be aware that some of our processes, including mail and gift processing, may experience some process delays at this time. If you need a tax receipt, please email us at giving@chfrichmond.org.
  • We have cancelled or postponed all events through the end of May. Ongoing calendar adjustments will likely continue to be made, and we will share future updates as decisions are made.
  • We are temporarily stopping the acceptance of any in-kind donations such as toys, art supplies, or books due to infection control guidelines.
  • We will continue to stay in touch with you through email, our website, social media, and other means.

How you can help

All of the changes above are having a real and tangible impact on our fundraising mission, but we recognize the importance of taking decisive action at this time. These challenging times remind us how grateful we are for our supporters and all you do to make our work of caring for children possible.

You can still help with your good wishes and staying connected with us through our website and social media pages.

While we are not accepting in-kind donations, donations of Amazon gift cards are a good substitute. Our child life team is hard at work to help make the hospital experience as comfortable and kid-friendly as possible, particularly during this time of increased visitor restrictions. With our playrooms currently closed, Amazon gift cards can be used to restock our supplies for fun activities in patient rooms. Contact Sarah Deis to learn more.

And, when you can, please consider continuing your financial support of the work that can’t stop at CHoR. The best way to do so while our events and other activities are on hold is through an online gift. If you choose to mail a check, please include your email address so we can facilitate a quick email gift receipt.

As we move forward through this uncertain time, we will continue to act in the best interest of our entire community and encourage open and honest communication. Even though I might not get to see as many of you in person over the coming months as usual, I know you—our wonderful donors, volunteers, and partners—will continue to keep CHoR and the children and families we serve in your hearts.

Thank you, now more than ever, for your care and support.

Lauren Zaller Moore
President and CEO
Children’s Hospital Foundation