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2014 Growth & Development Programs: Toy & Supply Drive

With the holiday season right around the corner, many of us will begin planning our special celebrations with our family and friends. Many of the malnourished children and their families served in the Grow Clinic are struggling with the cost of heat, food, and shelter during these months. Finding additional funds to provide children with presents is difficult indeed. With your help, we can make the holidays a truly joyous time for these children and their families. Your donations and support can ensure that the annual drive reaches not only our patients, but also their siblings, so that the whole family may have a truly cheerful holiday.  Please review the donation information to help you plan your donation as well as the Holiday supplies and toy donation recommendation lists.

In order to make sure we have our donations in time we would greatly appreciate it if you can drop your donations of on or before December 4th, 2014 so we can prepare bags for our children and families, but we will happily accept donations after that time as well.

Learn more, see our list of recommendations for donors (PDF)


The Grow Clinic for Children is a unique and successful program for the treatment of Failure To Thrive (FTT) in young children. Although outreach services are part of the reason why the Clinic is so successful, these services are outside the traditional medical model and not supported by insurance or any government programs. The clinic relies exclusively on private donations to run these essential outreach services.

The average new referral is much younger and more acutely ill than ever. However, because of the generosity of our donors, the waiting time for new FTT children has decreased to 1-6 weeks, down from 3-4 months when the clinic first began in 1984. In order to continue to provide services to the children in our area, the clinic must receive private support.

Donations are desperately needed to fund the food pantry, transportation and community outreach services, as well as medical, nutritional and social work hours.

What You Can Do to Help

You can help make a difference in our FTT children's lives by providing them with supplies and services that are critical to their well being.

Contact us today to learn how you can support the Grow Clinic by celebrating your upcoming birthday, anniversary, holiday, or just because you want to have a party!  Instead of getting a gift for your special occasion, encourage your colleagues, friends and families make a donation to help children.  We offer complimentary guidance, support, and the experience from a consultant who has done it before. If you are interested, please contact LaKeisha M. Gandy, the Associate Administrative Director of the Grow Clinic. Call:  617.414.7415 or Email:

Monetary Donation:  Make a financial contribution or sponsor a family. The clinic recently established a program where donors sponsor the services provided to one child for one year. A $1,000 donation provides special medical care for a child while a $2,500 donation provides a child with medical care, food and nutritional supplements, plus supportive outreach services for his/her family for one year. You may also specify how your contribution is to be used -- to send a child to summer camp, stock the food pantry, provide medical and nutritional services or support general operating expenses.

How to Donate

Send a check payable to the "The Grow Clinic" to:

The Grow Clinic for Children
Boston Medical Center
771 Albany Street
Dowling Building, Ground Floor
Boston, MA 02118

  • Donate Online:  In the gift designation box, select "Grow Clinic"

  • In-kind Donations Supplements, Supplies, Baby Food, Formula, Diapers, Pull-Ups, Board Books, Picture Books, I Can Read Books and Holiday Presents (no war toys please).


For Patients

Call: 617.414.5251
Fax:  617.414.7047

Boston Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
The Grow Clinic for Children
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center
5th Floor
850 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

Satellite Clinic

Call: 508.559.6699
Fax:  508.583.4649

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
63 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301

For Appointments or to Refer a Patient

Call: 617.414.5251
Fax:  617.414.7047

Learn More

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