Some items the hospital is in need of can be handmade. Items must be made with new and unused fabric and materials. Please carefully look over each sewn item for pins and needles. This will help prevent any injury to the patients. Please review our donation and delivery policies before making and delivering your donations.
Items to Make
Medical Play Dolls
The hospital uses medical play dolls to help children understand medical procedures. Click to here for patterns and instructions for medical play dolls and accompanying gowns and pajamas.
We currently have enough hats to get us through the cold weather months. Instead, please consider making crocheted animals, such as teddy bears.
Teddy Bears & Monsters
These are a creative and fun item that the patients really enjoy. Please use fleece or other soft fabric for the body - no felt (felt is fine for the eyes). You can also make them into puppets. See example patterns below:
Crocheted Teddy Bears
Sewn Teddy Bears
Decoration and Craft Kits
We accept decoration and craft kits for patients to assemble in the hospital.
- Place all items in plastic zip storage bags
- Include craft instructions and a photo of the finished product (optional) so the kids know what to do!
- Pre-cut all paper into the needed shapes and sizes including small things like silhouettes, eyes, teeth, dots, stripes, etc.
Please do not:
- Do not include glue, glitter, paint or scissors in the kits.
- Do not include items with latex, which can be found in balloons, rubber gloves, bracelet kits and craft foam. Some of our patients are allergic to latex and it is not allowed in the hospital.
Check out these ideas for craft and decoration kits:
(We love dream catchers all year round and they can be designed in different and interesting ways. Use your creativity!)
Tissue Paper Bracelets
(Cut the tissue paper into circles and feed the pipe cleaner through. The patient will fluff the flower and add the beads to the yarn)
Patriotic Star Wreath
(Cut out stars and plate and include the ribbon and instructions)
No-Sew Fleece Octopus
(Cut out fleece including eyes, scarf material, and ribbons. Please include instructions.)
No-Sew Felt Butterfly Craft
(Cut out pieces and include instructions)
Sparkly Clothespin Dragonfly
(Cut out fabric and include the pieces and instructions)
Toilet Paper Roll Firecracker
(Cut out, makes holes in circles, include instructions)
Blankets & Quilts
We are in need of a variety of types and sizes of blankets and quilts. Please remember all items must be new and unused.
40" x 52" single layer flannel blankets with sewn edges. We cannot accept crocheted edges. Please note, we do not require flannel blankets be washed before they are delivered to the hospital, however, we encourage washing your hands before and during the blanket-making process. We especially need plain pastel colors.
Gauze/Muslin Blankets for Swaddling
Cotton gauze blankets for swaddling in the nursery. These are approximately 43” x 43”. Make a ¼ inch hem by turning twice and sewing down. Plain gauze or muslin and nursery print gauze or muslin are both acceptable.
Currently we are only accepting boy-themed twin quilts, sized 72" x 90". Please count the pins you use when you are making the quilt and then count them again upon completion. This extra step will help us ensure the safety of the patients
Fleece Blankets - EXTREME NEED
We are especially in need of single-layer fleece blankets with prints for teens. Start with two yards of fabric for a 72"x58" blanket. Fleece can be tied or as seen in the video below:
We accept fleece blankets sized 72"x58". They can be either one or two layers of fabric. Remove selvages and tie all four sides. Here's a great instruction video: