Wish Lists – Donations

Thank you so much to all who have made donations since January 1st! We are excited to report that we are just 27 preemie and 11 newborn outfits away from reaching our target goals this FWC year. This is the last newsletter reminder to help us get there.

In January and early February, FWC donated the following items to Parkland Memorial Hospital. (Totals for the whole FWC year will be in the Fall newsletter.)

  • 731 diapers
  • 33 preemie and 58 newborn outfits
  • 10 misc. infant items - bibs, diaper bags, wipes, and caps
  • 2 children’s toys
  • 15 women’s clothing items
  • 53 men’s clothing items
  • 6 toiletries and 5 misc. adult items – socks, blanket, slippers, and eye masks
We are especially grateful for another generous donation from Carol and Bob Eberhart, who once again provided a car full of essentials for infants, women, and men. We also thank Susan Cronin, Margaret Crosby, Joanne Dimeff, Mary Greene, Carol Mitchell, Laurie Clark Olsen, Carol Tyler, and Linda Willson for their donations of Parkland items and magazines.

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 fwcwomen@gmail.com for more information.

Thank you for supporting these projects!