CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ISN’T “KIDDING” AROUND WITH THEIR MISSION

Established in 1910, the Junior Co-Operative Society auxiliary operates and staffs the Cincinnati Children’s gift shops, consisting of paid staff and more than 60 volunteers donating their time. Volunteers through the medical center’s Junior Co-Operative Society help run the gift shops located at their Burnet and Liberty Campuses. Thanks to continued support from dedicated customers, last December the volunteer group’s lifetime giving topped $10 million.

The mission at the gift shop is to support the happiness and welfare of medical center patients and their families and provide a fun atmosphere and convenient place for visitors and hospital personnel to refresh and recharge, as well as provide funding for the hospital through proceeds made from the sale of merchandise. Funds from the Junior Co-Ops have advanced programs and projects across dozens of divisions of the medical center. One current project is supporting the new Critical Care Building—a state-of-the-art facility opening this fall to care for medically fragile patients.

When patient families, visitors and staff visit the 1,435-square-foot shop at the Burnet Ave location or 600 square-foot shop in Liberty Township, they’ll find a range of great items—including toys, apparel, jewelry and personal care items. Cincinnati Children’s gift shop is proud to add local farm Honey Sweetie Acres as a supplier of all-natural “treat yourself” soaps and lotions.

That’s skincare for a great cause because all proceeds are donated back to the medical center—one of the top three pediatric hospitals in the country according to U.S. News and World Report.

Visitors to the gift shops will find other popular brands like Tervis Tumbler, Brumate, Swan Creek candles and the latest fashion items including Simply Southern apparel, a variety of handbags and jewelry, as well as designer fragrance.

The gift shops cater to our visitors, which consist of patients and their families visiting for the day or staying at the hospital for extended care and the hospital staff. A large volume of the shops’ business comes from the 15,000 employees who work for the hospital. We believe we have some real ‘angels on earth’ caring for the patients of this hospital and we want to support them and the hospital the best that we can.

With more than 1.2 million patient encouters annually, Cincinnati Children’s cares for kids.

Visit the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital website to learn more about their incredible mission.