Wish Lists – Donations

First, our sincere appreciation to last year’s donors! Our grand totals from September 2013–July 2014:

  • 2,666 diapers
  • 188 newborn and preemie outfits
  • 35 children’s toys, crafts, and infant supplies
  • 166 adult items
  • 230 toiletries
  • $110 cash (applied to infant purchases)
  • 920 Scholastic nursery board books purchased by FWC and donated to the NNICU
  • 1,055 magazines for Aston (a new record!) 

Donation Focus for the New FWC Year 

To learn how we can be most helpful this year, we sought input – including some hard numbers  from Lisa Little, Parkland Memorial Hospital’s Volunteer Coordinator. She provided these annual statistics: 

ER Visits: 142,590; Urgent Care: 53,357; OBICC (Women’s Emergency): 20,578; Psychiatry Emergency: 7,365; NNICU (Neonatal): 1,126; NBN (Newborn Nursery): 10,291; and Inpatients: 36,389.

Lisa tells us: “The needs are constant, and we never have enough items to give to everyone in need. The majority of the patients live with next to nothing.” 

These numbers are a bit overwhelming, but we will aim to make a measurable difference where we can. We have set a goal of providing outfits for 10 percent of Parkland’s neonatal infants this FWC year – or 113 preemie-size outfits. NNICU infants face major challenges, and their parents are often unprepared for a premature birth. We have found that not every store carries preemie sizes. If you would prefer to donate cash, we are happy to shop for you or order outfits online at the best possible price and provide you with the receipt. 

While we have not set a specific target number for full-term newborn donations, we will continue to collect outfits and diapers for them. Many of these infants spend weeks or months hospitalized with serious conditions, some involving IV antibiotic therapy or methadone treatment. 

Our other main focus is the most-needed basics for adults: socks and underwear. We hope to add more “comfort items” this year in the form of non-skid slippers and robes (slippers in all sizes, but L–XL for robes) – for men and women. 

As always, the need continues for all the other Wish List items, from toddler toys and clothing, to crafts for teens, to toiletries, combs, and toothbrushes, to adult T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants, and more. 

Thank you so much for helping patients of all ages in their time of need! 

Don’t forget to recycle your recent magazines at Aston’s Guest Services desk… or bring them to FWC events (to Mary Greene, Gloria Rege, or Karen Westergaard). 

Adult/Geriatrics

  • 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 (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

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 pick up by Mary Greene. Please email fwcwomen@gmail.com for more information.

Thank you for supporting these projects!