FWC Wish Lists - Donations
FWC Holds Parkland Donation Drives
FWC’s “Wish List Project” collects items for the patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital, the public and primary hospital for the neediest of Dallas County. You can help by purchasing items from the Wish List and bringing them to our meetings.
Lisa Little, Parkland’s Director of Volunteers and Guest Services, poignantly described patient needs at Parkland.
“Parkland Hospital cares for some of the poorest of the poor in our county. Daily, one can see many of life’s tragedies while walking the halls of Parkland. It seems unfathomable that in this wonderful country of ours, there are many people ‘out there’ without necessities we take for granted.”
Together the FWC can make a huge difference in our community.
News from the Parkland Wish List Committee
Our donation focus for the new FWC year is newborn and preemie clothing and diapers. As always, Parkland has an ongoing need for other items as well – from adult socks, underwear, and sweatpants/shirts – to hotel-size toiletries, pediatric arts and crafts, toddler toys, and more.
First, a big thank-you to all who supported needy Parkland patients this fall! Newborns and preemies had a little better start in life, and adults had some basic comforts, thanks to you! While infant clothing has the advantage of being easy to transport, large packs of diapers require extra effort, so thank you to those who lugged them to our events. We are also grateful to those who donated cash, allowing us to purchase sizes and items we were lacking. We delivered 1712 diapers – as well as 75 preemie/newborn clothing items, 38 adult items, and 62 toiletries.
Mary Greene, Gloria Rege, or Karen Westergaard will collect donations at FWC events. (Please write your name on the item’s packaging so that we can thank you personally.) We would love to have your help in our continued campaign for newborn and preemie clothing and diapers for the rest of this FWC year. We will collect them at AM book group, as well as other events.
Scholastic Nursery Books
We are excited to announce that we are increasing our Scholastic book donation to Parkland’s Newborn Nursery this year, following the books’ strong endorsement by Parkland’s Certified Child Life Specialist and physicians. As a reminder, the books are used in classes for high-risk-pregnancy moms, in the neonatal intensive care unit, and in the Observation Nursery, where newborns receive IV antibiotics or methadone maintenance. Last year, we donated 532 books. This October we delivered 460 books, and we plan another similar order for the spring, nearly doubling our impact this year.
The Scholastic board books we purchase for Parkland infants will provide visual stimulation for infants, including those in Neonatal Intensive Care and in the Observation Nursery (where newborns spend weeks receiving IV antibiotics or methadone maintenance). The books will also be used in classes for high-risk pregnancy moms.
Don’t forget to recycle recent magazines for Aston’s patient waiting rooms – either by dropping them off at Aston’s Guest Services desk or bringing them to us at FWC events.
We have delivered 499 much-appreciated magazines for Aston clinics so far this year! Thank you!
The “Wish List” List
FWC will be collecting requested items. Bring your donations to FWC events; drop at a committee member’s home; or bring them to AM Book Group meetings for pickup.
Because of infection-control policies, all items except CDs and DVDs must be new. Please note that preemie diapers, sippy cups, baby bottles, and stuffed animals have been removed from the list, and a few new items have been added.
Parkland Newborn/NNICU Wish List
- Preemie, Newborn, and 0-3 month clothes (e.g., onesies, gowns, t-shirts, socks, hats)
- Newborn and size 1 diapers
- Diaper bags
- Baby bath products (Johnson & Johnson)
- Lamaze, Sassy, Bright Starts, or First Years rattles
- Lullaby CDs
Parkland Pediatric Burn Unit/Adolescent Trauma Unit Wish List
- Lip balm
- Playing cards (Uno, Phase10, etc.)
- Books and audio books, CDs, and DVDs — child/teen-friendly (PG-13 and below), English or Spanish
- Hidden picture books (I Spy, etc.)
- Puzzle books
- Toddler toys (12 - 36 months)
- Arts and crafts
Parkland Adult and Geriatric Patient Wish List
- Adult slippers or socks (with no-skid bottom grips)
- Sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks, underwear (any size)
- Robes in L or XL
- Adult diapers
- Magnifying glasses
- Maternity clothing, any size
- Sleeping eye-masks (for post-partum patients)
- Travel-sized toiletries
- Novels in English and Spanish
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you for supporting these projects!