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. 

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, 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

Happy New Year!

Thank you for your wonderful support for patients in need over the last few months of 2015. Listed below are the items we have delivered to grateful staff at Parkland and Aston.

For Adults: 28 women’s undies, 48 women’s socks, eight eye masks, six toiletry bags, eight toothbrushes/toothpaste, nine Chapsticks, and 15 toiletry items.

For Infants: 1,480 diapers, 58 preemie clothing items, 32 items of newborn to nine months baby clothes, two hats, two pairs of mittens, 12 pairs socks, nine baby blankets, five containers of baby wipes, and three bottles baby shampoo/wash.

For children and adolescents in the burn center: two coloring books, two chapsticks, and one pair of socks.

We also received $120 in cash donations. A large portion of these funds enabled us to purchase some of Parkland’s other most needed items, including the women’s underwear and socks listed above.

Also, thanks to everyone who donated magazines for Aston patient waiting areas. We have delivered a total of 350 so far this year! Please send us a quick email if you dropped off your own magazines at Aston’s guest services desk, so we can add your contribution to our future tally.

Our recent donors include: Lark Allen, Mona Barnett, Donna Beavers, Carole Choti, Susan Cronin, Heike Cullum, Amy Davey, Joanne Dimeff, Devin Fernandes, Mary Greene, Susanne Greil, Stephanie Haley, Bethany Hampton, Bev Johnson, Ann Jones, Deborah Little, Angela McGarry, Gerry Minna, Sue Mitlyng, Sharon Moore, Jane Pak, Gloria Rege, Claudia Reynolds, Lisa Rofsky, Joy Russell, Alice Chang Shi, Colleen Towler, Carol Tyler, Karen Westergaard, Marnie Wildenthal, Linda Willson, Yoshie Valadez (Sutphin ), and Nobuko Yamasaki. 

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 

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!