Wish Lists – Donations

We’re off to a great start this year towards our renewed goal of helping Parkland Hospital’s neediest patients with essential clothing and other items. At our August and September meetings and Fall Luncheon, we collected 41 infant clothing items and diaper packs, 1 book, 64 adult clothing items, and a cash donation. In addition, our loyal magazine donors provided 232 magazines for Aston Clinics!

A warm thank-you to our very kind donors: Donna Beavers, June Estabrook, Susan Froehlich, Bethany Hampton, Krystyna Isaacs, Beverly Johnson, Ann Jones, Linda MCrae, Jane Pak, Gloria Rege, Maria Tandon, Colleen Towler, Carol Tyler, Cindy Weatherill, and Cheri Whitten

Our focus for this year is on the items in greatest demand: infant clothing and diapers, and adult socks and underwear. There are many additional items on Parkland’s Wish List — from the very small, such as Chapstick, coloring books, and playing cards, to bigger things like adult sweatpants/sweatshirts and blankets. Please check the full list. There may be something there that inspires you. For patients who have very little, our donations can make life a bit brighter at a stressful time. Thank you!

Newborn/NNICU

  • Preemie, Newborn 0-3 and 3-6 month clothing items
  • Newborn disposable diapers, Size 1 and Size 2
  • Infant bathtubs
  • Baby bath/care products (Johnson & Johnson, Burt’s Bees Baby, California Baby)
  • Lamaze, Sassy, Bright Starts, Manhattan Toy or The First Years rattles (mirrors, black & white, textures, sounds, etc.)
  • Diaper Bags
  • Keepsake Items: photo albums, scrapbooks, baby books, handprint molds, disposable cameras, etc.
  • No baby bottles or pacifiers

Antepartum/Postpartum

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

Adolescent Trauma Unit/Palliative Care Unit

  • Chapstick/lip balm
  • Hidden picture books (I Spy, Where’s Waldo, etc.)
  • DVDs (teen-friendly PG-13 and below, English or Spanish)
  • Arts & Crafts materials (felt coloring posters, scrapbook and scrapbook items)
  • Puzzle books (Sudoku, word search, crossword)
  • Board games (Clue, Battleship, Sorry, Trouble, Scrabble, etc.)
  • Playing cards (Uno, Phase10, Skip-Bo, etc.)
  • Nail polish, emery boards, nail polish remover pads, hair accessories
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Photo albums
  • Soft blankets

Adult/Geriatrics

  • Deodorant
  • Plain soaps (such as Dove, Caress, etc.)
  • Denture cleaner and cups
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Combs, picks and hairbrushes
  • Shampoo and conditioner (travel sizes)
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Paperback novels
  • Books with large print
  • Bath robes (large sizes)
  • Flip-flops (men’s and women’s)
  • Lip balm/Chapstick
  • Knitted hats
  • Hand/body lotion
  • Lap robes
  • Full-size quilts/blankets
  • Socks
  • Sweatpants and sweatshirts (size M, L, XL and XXL)
  • T-shirts (all sizes)
  • Men’s underwear
  • Women’s underpants (for victims of assault)

Music and 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 Susan Froehlich, 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!