Wish Lists – Donations

The “Hospital Wish List” is one of FWC’s service projects. We donate basic necessities for indigent patients at Parkland Hospital – from preemies in the NICU, to children and teens in the burn unit, to adult and geriatric patients. You can find a detailed list on our club website or under Service Projects in the front section of the FWC 2014–15 directory. 

Please bring your donations to any FWC event, starting with the Welcome Luncheon on September 16. We suggest preemie and newborn outfits or diapers, or adult underwear or socks. Please contact Mary Greene, Gloria Rege, 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, Gloria, or Karen. fwcwomen@gmail.com

A huge thank you for your wonderful 2014–15 contributions! For infants: 1,595 diapers, 149 preemie outfits, 156 newborn outfits, and 20 miscellaneous infant items (wipes, bibs, diaper bags, etc.). For adults: 33 men’s and 27 women’s clothing items, 56 socks, 49 underwear, 32 toiletries, and 101 miscellaneous items (Depends, slippers, etc.). For youth in the burn unit: 8 toys and crafts. We also purchased 770 Scholastic infant board books for the neonatal units and clinics at Parkland. And last but not least, we delivered 1,050 magazines to Aston Center for patient clinics. Thank you, thank you!! 

Spring donors include: Susan Cronin, Heike Cullum, Joanne Dimeff, Mary Greene, Olga Gupta, Bethany Hampton, Beverly Johnson, Ann Jones, Jane Pak, Gloria Rege, Carol Tyler, and Linda Willson. 

Toiletries from Travelers

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 


  • 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!