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Brighten the Holidays for Connecticut's Most Challenged Youth

snowflake clipartThe Albert J. Solnit Children's Center provides mental health treatment and care for Connecticut youth who are experiencing extreme emotional and behavioral difficulties. The 75-bed South Campus facility in Middletown (formerly Riverview Hospital) serves boys and girls from ages 13 to 18, many of whom do not have a family with whom to share the holidays. Your monetary donation or gift of items from the wish list below helps to brighten the holidays for these young people. All contributions are used only for patient activities and gifts.

For more information regarding donations, please contact Elaine Jackson at (860) 704-4386 or, Margery Reynolds at (860) 704-4091 or, or Rachel Correll at (860) 704-4160 or

Checks can be mailed directly to: Solnit Children's Center, Attn: Business Office, 915 River Road, Middletown, CT 06457.

2015 Holiday Gift Giving Suggestions

Please note: For the children's health and safety, a number of items below have special requirements (no glass, no aerosol containers, no R ratings or parental advisories, etc.). Please leave all gift items unwrapped. Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!

Gift Cards
Walmart, local movie theaters, Bob's Stores, Hot Topic, iTunes, Target, Best Buy, Kmart, Walgreens, Barnes and Noble, Rue 21, Forever21, American Eagle, Dollar Tree, or generic MasterCard/Visa gift cards

Music Items
CDs: Suggestions include the "Now" CD series (Now 39, Now 278, etc.), and any music CD from Walmart (they do not sell music that contains a parental advisory). We cannot accept music that has a parental advisory label.
Individual CD players
Boom boxes
CD organizer notebooks
mp3 players with ear phones
ear phones/earbuds (such as Skull Candy brand)

Handheld video games, and video games for game systems such as Wii, PS2/PS3, Nintendo 3DS (small). Please note that games must be rated "E - everyone."
Small remote control cars, planes and helicopters
Travel or personal size DVD players (very popular!)
DVD movies - must be rated PG13 or lower
Keyboards, musical instruments, and personal karaoke machines

Jewelry such as men's and women's watches (digital, waterproof, dress styles), earrings, and bracelets
Hair accessories such as hair bands, hair clips, scrunchies
Sports team accessories such as baseball hats, hooded sweatshirts and t-shirts in adolescent and adult sizes
Athletic apparel in adolescent and adult sizes
Fashion tops and shirts
Gym bags and backpacks
Sports bottles and water bottles

Creative Games/Crafts/Craft Supplies
Stationery and all-occasion cards, variety packs of greeting cards (birthday, thank you, etc.)
Journal notebooks - should not have wire spiral bindings
Gel pen sets
Jewelry making and other craft kits of all varieties
Sticker kits
Yarn (all colors) and crochet hooks
Fleece blanket kits (72-inch size)
Assorted art supplies such as markers, crayons, paper, brushes, sketchbooks
Coloring books for older students, "color-in" posters, velveteen "color-in" posters

Recreation/Sports Supplies
Games: Yahtzee, Connect 4, Monopoly, jigsaw puzzles (no 1000 piece, please!), Scrabble, Cranium games, race car games. Travel size games are also appreciated.
Cards: UNO, Skip-Bo, regular playing cards, Phase 10, trading cards such as Yu-gi-oh and Pokemon, baseball cards
Toys: LEGO sets (marked for older children), plastic models (cars, trucks, planes, etc.)
Sports equipment: basketballs, soccer balls, Nerf balls, bike helmets in youth to adult sizes, swim goggles

Activity books - Word finds, hidden pictures, crossword puzzles, Sudoku

Books and magazines for reading - appropriate for teens and young adults. Car magazines were requested.

Wall posters

Self-Care Products (all must be in plastic, non-aerosol containers)
Lip gloss and lip balms - his and hers
Lotions - his and hers
Shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, non-aerosol hairspray - his and hers
Perfume and cologne (no glass bottles)
African American hair products
Non-aerosol hair products
Combs and brushes
Hair straighteners and curling irons
Makeup - all varieties (we cannot accept makeup with mirrors)
Cosmetic brushes
Nail care products: polish, emery boards, acrylic nailese

Stocking Stuffers
Sugarless gum is a favorite!
Any of the self-care products listed above
Healthy snack treats
Cosmetics in non-glass containers
Batteries (all sizes)