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 guidelines before 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.

Safe Sleep Sacks

A new Infant Safe Sleep Initiative states that infants should not be covered by a quilt, but be placed in a sleep sack for warmth and covered only by a light blanket. We're in need of safe sleep sacks that are secured with velcro and allow for wires and tubing. Click here for patterns and instructions. 

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:

  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3

  • 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 with instructions included. Check out these ideas for craft and decoration kits:

    Spring Crafts

    You do not need to 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.

    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.

    Flannel Blankets

    42" x 45" single layer flannel blankets with sewn edges. We especially need plain pastel colors. We cannot accept crocheted edges or red flannel. Please note, we do not require fleece blankets be washed before they are delivered to the hospital, however, we encourage washing your hands before and during the fleece blanket making process.

    Gauze/Muslin Blankets for Swaddling

    Cotton gauze blankets for swaddling in the nursery. These are approximately 53” x 53”. Make a ¼ inch hem by turning twice and sewing down. Plain gauze or muslin and nursery print gauze or muslin are both acceptable.  

    Quilts

    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

    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:

    Donation Information

    • During normal business hours, all donations should be delivered to Primary Children's Outpatient Services building (81 N. Mario Capecchi Dr.), first floor lobby information desk. Please complete a donation form at the information desk to receive a receipt for your donation.
    • Donations made after 5 p.m., on weekends, and on holidays should be delivered to the hospital's main building (100 N. Mario Capecchi Dr.) north entrance, at the north lobby information desk. Please complete a donation form at the Information Desk to receive a receipt for your donation.
    • Due to federal privacy laws, security policies, and infection control, we cannot allow individuals or groups to personally give their donations to patients or families. Please do not include donor information or personal sentiments on your donations.

    Please note: Following a safety and compatibility review, we are no longer accepting IV lily pads donations, as they present an increased risk to our patients for falls and injuries.