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Who We Are


Children of Bellevue (CoB) is a non-profit organization founded in 1949 to initiate, fund, and develop programs that improve the health and well-being of children at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.

We are advocates for pediatric patients and their families and are dedicated to alleviating the pain, loneliness, and fear that can accompany childhood hospitalization. We also seek to enhance early development and school-readiness in children at-risk of falling behind due to family poverty. All of our life-changing programs are made possible solely through philanthropic donations.


Children of Bellevue’s history of providing compassionate care to the hospital’s youngest patients began many years ago with a washing machine.

In 1949, all of the children at Bellevue Hospitals were required to wear the same plain gown as tracking personal clothing items was deemed too problematic for the hospital’s centralized laundry facility. Believing that wearing their own pajamas would boost the children’s morale, a group of female volunteers who frequented the wards raised funds to install a washing machine specifically for these items. Fueled by the success of their first project, the women soon sought other ways to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children of Bellevue Hospital, eventually founding our organization.


The lasting use of a phrase coined at Bellevue – “tender love and care” (or “TLC”) – stands as a testament to the success of those early volunteers. What began as a concerted effort to deliver companionship, support, and smiles to the pediatric patients of Bellevue Hospital has since evolved into a professional organization on the front lines of pediatric care – developing, funding, and delivering world-class therapeutic programs, innovative services, and thought-provoking research in support of children nationwide.

22 Oct 2019

Spirit of Children Brings Funds and Fun to Kids at New York City Health + Hospitals/Bellevue

Spirit of Children Brings Funds and Fun to Kids at New York City Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Through Partnership With Children of Bellevue, Inc. Spirit of Children’s $10M national fundraising goal helps support local Child Life departments – 100% of local donations stay local Spirit of Children Halloween...

09 Jan 2019

Applauding NYC Care: Mayor de Blasio’s Plan to Guarantee Health Care as a Right for All New Yorkers

NYC Care will serve 600,000 currently uninsured New Yorkers and provide access to NYC Health + Hospitals’ physicians, pharmacies, and mental health and substance abuse services for all January 8, 2019 NEW YORK, NY - Every child and every family—regardless of their immigration status, their ability to...

04 Aug 2017

Jerry’s House Comes to Bellevue!

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26 May 2017

May 2017

Bike Helmets: Children of Bellevue provides bike helmets every Spring through the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic. Prom Dresses: Trinity School Change makers conducted a drive for donations and partnered with Children of Bellevue to host a popup Prom Dress Shop in the Medical Ballroom in the H Building...