FWC Parkland Wish List Project
FWC collects donations for Parkland patients of various ages who have little to no financial resources. We focus primarily on essential items for the NICU/Newborn and Adults units:
- Preemie/newborn clothing
- Carry-all/tote bags
- Adult socks, T-shirts, underwear, travel-size toiletries
Additional items from the full FWC Parkland Wish List are always greatly appreciated as well.
The FWC Parkland Wish List Donation Options include online wish lists – Amazon, Target, and Walmart. We hope these additions will make it easier for those who are interested in donating to Parkland to shop for donations. When ordering from either of those wish lists, your package will be, first, shipped to a designated FWC Wish List coordinator for inventory and will then be personally delivered to Parkland. We will email each donor individually to confirm the receipt and contents of their donations. We invite you to join this easy online shopping as you consider donating to Parkland.
You may bring any items you wish to donate to any FWC event(s), except the ones held on the UTSW campus or certain other venues that may prohibit collection of donations. In addition, we could arrange for a porch pick-up if that works better for you. We will personally deliver all your donated items to Parkland for you and will follow up with each donor individually to confirm the contents and delivery status of their donations. Please contact us at email@example.com or call (847) 340-5176 for help with coordinating drop-off/pick-up. For donation ideas, please see the full FWC Parkland Wish List.
The FWC Parkland Wish List committee also purchases donations for Parkland, tax-free, on behalf of FWC members, using available funds largely derived from a portion of membership dues, as well as from the monetary donations made by individual members of our FWC community. It's our members who make our charitable efforts possible, and we thank all of you for your generous contributions and ongoing support. Please see the list of the FWC Parkland Donation Options as you consider donating to Parkland.
Your donations matter.
Thank you for your kind, generous support!
Beth & Monika
FWC Parkland Wish List Project
How Donations Help
The following is an interview with Hannah Clark, M.Ed., CCLS, Certified Child Life Specialist for Parkland Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She explains the crucial ways our donations help newborns and parents who lack resources (the majority of the more than 12,000 babies born and 1,467 admissions into the NICU at Parkland in 2016!).
FWC: Thank you, Hannah, for taking time to share your unique perspective on how we can best help with the needs in Parkland’s Women and Infant Services. To start us off, can you provide some examples of family circumstances in which donated clothing, diapers, or other items are needed?
Hannah: Being the county hospital of Dallas, Parkland is a place that provides healthcare to individuals from all walks of life, regardless of their resources, support, or financial means. Within WISH department (women and infant services), we provide support to individuals who lack basic resources such as diapers, car seats, and clothes. In addition, many of our families lack emotional and financial support that so many people depend upon during hard times. This can make the joyous time of bringing a new baby into the world an extremely stressful and intimidating experience. When we receive donations, no matter how small, each item truly changes the lives of the families we are able to provide them to. By receiving each special donation, and distributing them appropriately throughout our units, we are able to set these families up for success upon leaving the hospital.
FWC: How do the books we donate help babies, young siblings, and their parents?
Hannah: When we receive donations of books, we are not only able to provide families with a special gift, but we are also able to teach families about the importance of literacy and language development. We are able to provide baby books to families of premature infants that are unable to handle touch and encourage our parents to utilize reading as a form of attachment and bonding with their sick infants. We are able to provide picture and chapter books to siblings, who spend hours at the hospital with their families; this enables learning and engages siblings, who are so often forgotten about during a family member's stressful extended hospital stay. By leaving baby books at the bedside, it encourages family members and visitors to read to our infants, which is an incredible way to promote healthy brain development, as well as normalizing the hospital environment.
FWC: Can you quantify the overall need for NICU donations? Maybe you could tell us roughly how many infants are born at Parkland each year — and, again roughly, what percentage or how many of those infants need help with basics, like clothing and diapers?
Hannah: It is hard to discuss the overall need, as the need is SO great. The number of infants born at Parkland in 2016 alone was 12,079, with 127 sets of twins and 4 sets of triplets! In addition, we had 1467 admissions to the NICU in 2016! Not to mention, the numbers keep growing. Of all of the families we see, I would say over 70% of them are in dire need of resources - though this is just a guesstimate. Keep in mind, we see homeless mothers, very young teen mothers, substance abusing mothers, and other extreme, high-risk social situations, where any donation/baby item is needed desperately.
FWC: Are clothing and diapers the most needed items, or are there others that are equally needed? We donate socks, hats, blanket sleepers, and a few other types of items, but most of what we collect are bodysuits, onesies, pants, and diapers, mostly preemie and newborn, with some 0-3 month sizes.
Hannah: This is an area that we will ALWAYS need high numbers of donations. Of course, donations of other items such as sleep sacks, receiving blankets, diaper or tote bags, and large items such as pack n' plays and infant carrier car seats are incredibly helpful. But, I would say that the clothing, diapers, and tote bags are items we go through very quickly and are in constant need of!
FWC: Thank you so much for helping us better understand the needs of Parkland infants and their families. We hope to increase our donations as we share this information with our members.
Music and 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.”