Wish Lists – Donations

The Hospital Wish List is one of FWC’s service projects. We donate basic necessities for indigent patients at Parkland Hospital: preemies in the NICU, children and teens in the burn unit, and adult and geriatric patients.

Please bring your donations to any FWC event. We suggest preemie and newborn outfits or diapers, or adult underwear or socks. Please contact Mary Greene, Susan Froehlich, or Karen Westergaard if you prefer to drop items at one of our homes or need to arrange a pickup. Each contribution is a valued gift to the patient and family! You can send an email to Mary, Susan, or Karen. fwcwomen@gmail.com

Many thanks to those who helped us close out 2015 and begin 2016 with generous donations for Parkland’s needy infants. Carol and Bob Eberhart and Beverly Johnson responded to the need for warm infant clothing with a total of 105 preemie and newborn outfits and other items! We want to especially recognize the Eberharts for their very generous support of this project, year after year. 

Also, a big thank-you to Donna Beavers, whose cash donation allowed us to purchase 28 pairs of undies and 48 pairs of socks for women, and to Jeanne Green, Mary Greene, Carol Mitchell, Carol Tyler, and Linda Willson for their recent donations of infant items, toiletries, and magazines for Aston Clinics.

We will continue to focus on preemie and newborn clothing for the remainder of the FWC year, but adult items are in need as well, especially socks and underwear. As always, your magazine donations are much appreciated. 

On behalf of patients and their families in times of need, thank you for your kindness.

Please consider bringing back extra toiletries from your hotel stays if you can safely stow them in your luggage. These are always in need at Parkland.

  • Personal care items (deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, picks, hairbrushes, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, lip balm, hand/body lotion, denture cleaner/cups)
  • Paperback novels and books with large print, magnifying glasses
  • Bathrobes (large sizes)
  • Flip-flop shoes (men’s and women’s)
  • Men’s and women’s sweatpants and sweatshirts (size M, L, XL, XXL)
  • Men’s T-shirts, underwear, and socks (all sizes)
  • Women’s panties (for assault victims), T-shirts, and socks
  • Knitted hats
  • Throw-size blankets and full-size quilts/blankets

Antepartum/Postpartum

  • Bathrobes and pajamas (any size)
  • Adult slippers/socks (no skid with bottom grips)
  • Sleeping eye masks
  • Personal care items (soap, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair accessories, nail care, makeup, facial care)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Adult books/novels in Spanish or English
  • Puzzle books in English or Spanish (crossword, sudoku, word search)
  • DVDs (comedy, drama, romance, etc.)
  • Craft items, board games, playing cards

Adolescent Trauma Unit/Palliative Care Unit

  • Chapstick/lip balm, hair accessories, and nail care items (polish, remover pads, files)
  • Hidden picture books (I Spy, Where’s Waldo, etc.)
  • DVDs (teen-friendly PG-13 and below, English or Spanish)
  • Arts and crafts items (felt coloring posters, scrapbook, and related items)
  • Markers, colored pencils, and crayons
  • Puzzle books (Sudoku, word search, crossword)
  • Board games (Clue, Battleship, Sorry, Trouble, Scrabble, etc.)
  • Playing cards (Uno, Phase10, Skip-bo, etc.)
  • Magazines (sports, entertainment, fashion, decorating, arts/crafts, hunting/fishing, cars/motorcycles)
  • Soft blankets

Music & Audio Books: Pain Relief for Pediatric Patients

A January 2015 Northwestern Medicine study cites: “Pediatric patients (ages 9-14) who listened to 30 minutes of songs by Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and other singers of their choosing – or audio books – had a significant reduction in pain after major surgery. The children chose from a playlist of top music in different genres including pop, country, rock, and classical… or short audio books.

“A strategy to control post-surgical pain without medication is important because opioid analgesics – most commonly used to control post-surgical pain – can cause breathing problems in children. Thus, caregivers usually limit the amount of opioids prescribed, and children’s pain is not well controlled.”

Remember, CDs and audio books are always on Parkland’s wish list.

When bringing donations to any FWC event, please look for Gloria Rege, Mary Greene, or Karen Westergaard. Donations may also be dropped off, or you can bring them to the AM Book Group meetings for pickup by Mary Greene. Please email for more information. fwcwomen@gmail.com

Thank you for supporting these projects!