Donate Handcrafted Items
We are always in need of crafty community members to hand craft needed items for our patients including activity books, beads of courage, blankets, and comfort items for the NICU. We are currently not accepting knitted hats for patients. Please review our handcrafting opportunities:
To donate items or for more information please contact:
- Volunteer Services Dallas — 214-456-6388 or click here to email
- Volunteer Services Plano — 469-303-3763 or click here to email
Delivering handmade items:
Due to patient confidentiality and infection control, donated items are distributed by Children's Health staff. Unfortunately, individuals and groups are not allowed to distribute donated items to patients. Due to infection control all items must be new and unused in their original packaging. Please do not gift-wrap donated items.
To Deliver Items to the Dallas Campus:
To schedule a delivery to the Dallas campus, please email and include your contact information, the campus you wish to donate to—Dallas or Plano, the item you are donating, date and time you would like to deliver your donation. The best times to deliver are Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. If you need to schedule a time outside of these hours, please let us know. Prior to delivering items, please complete a donation form.
To Deliver Items to the Plano Campus:
Items may be delivered to the Plano Campus, Main Concierge Desk 8AM to 8PM Sunday-Saturday. Please complete a Donation Form to be delivered along with your donation, noting hours spent in making handmade items. Prior to delivering items, please complete a donation form.
For a little patient in a waiting room, boredom can set in quickly. Assemble a “Busy Book” to entertain them as they wait. Due to patient confidentiality and infection control, donated items are distributed by Children's Health staff. Unfortunately, individuals and groups are not allowed to distribute donated items to patients. Due to infection control all items must be new and unused. Please store completed busy books in an unscented plastic bag to keep them clean until delivery or a box the size of a file box.
- Coloring/Activity Pages: One of the easiest ways to make these books is by purchasing coloring/activities books, tearing out 4-5 pages and putting them into a packet. You can also print coloring/activity pages from child friendly websites such as Crayola. If you print your own books, half of letter size (4.25 by 5.5 inches) is the preferred size.
- Yarn or Staples: Please use only one staple in the left corner or a string of yarn to bind the book together.
- Tape: Use tape to secure the crayons to the books.
- Crayons: Attach at least 3 different colored crayons to the busy book.
Busy Book Guidelines
The following guidelines have been created to help you with your project:
- Make Your Busy Book Generic: Making a book that is suitable for either a boy or a girl helps us speed the delivery of busy books
- Avoid Specific Spiritual or Holiday References: We serve a very diverse patient population. As a result, our patients celebrate several different holidays during the month of December. Many do not celebrate Easter. And some may not be familiar with holidays that are more familiar to citizens of the U.S.
- Decorate with Crayons, Markers, or Watercolors: Patients enjoy receiving colorful busy books. However, to avoid choking hazards for our little ones, please do not use glue to add any items to busy books - this includes glitter, feathers, and other seemingly non-hazardous items.
- Neutral Messages are Best: We ask that you use neutral messages. Appropriate Messages: Thinking of you, Just want to say Hi! , Sending you sunny smiles, Hope to brighten your day.
Sew Beads of Courage Bags
About the Program
The Beads of Courage Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program members tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that they receive to honor and acknowledge each step of their treatment journey. Beads are given according to a program specific program bead guide. For milestones in their treatment journey, they receive handmade one-of-a-kind glass beads that are donated by members of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).
Children's Health needs community members to sew Beads of Courage Bags which allows a safe place for patient to store their Beads of Courage.
Pattern Guidelines (Visit Beads of Courage)
- Fat Quarters are great for this project. There will be a small scrap left over.
- Sew on the Beads of Courage Bead Bag label to the fabric that you have chosen for the outside of the bag. You may place it in the middle of the bag or lower right corner.
- Focus Fabric - Cut two 9" x 12" - With RS together sew a 1/2" seam on both long sides making a tube. Press seams open.
- Lining Fabric - Cut two 9" x 12" - With RS together sew a 1/2" seam on both long sides making a tube. Press seams open.
- Turn lining right side out and place inside of focus fabric (RS together)
- Line up seams and sew a 1/4" seam around the top of the tube.
- Turn right side out. Press seam towards lining.
- Tuck the lining back inside and press the top seam flat.
- Place tube on the open arm of the sewing machine and sew a seam at 2" from top. When you get to the two seams back tack about 1/4" across the seam.
- Sew another seam 2-3/4" from the top back tacking again at the seams. (This makes the seams stronger for the cording to be pulled through.
- Using a seam ripper, pop the seam between the two back tacks on focus fabric for cording to be pulled through.
- Turn project wrong side out and serge all layers together.
- Turn right side out and press bottom seam. Cut two 26-" pieces of cording. Using a large safety pin fold back about 1/2" of cording and pin through the folded edge.
- Starting at one seam, thread all the way around the bag. Tie ends of cording together in a knot. Do the same with the other seam.
- Sew on the provided Beads of Courage label in the middle of the bag or at the bottom corner.
How to Order Beads of Courage Labels
Visit the Beads of Courage website and order labels at no charge by clicking here. Labels can be ordered in quantities of 25, 50, 75 or 100. To order labels, please visit the Beads of Courage website here.
Distribution of Bags
You may wash the fabric in hypoallergenic detergent such as Dreft Detergent. For infection control purposes, please store completed items in an unscented, plastic bag or sealable bag until you are ready to deliver your donation.
Make Blankets for Kids
If you would like to provide a child with a personalized handmade item, we are in need of fleece or quilted blankets.
All blankets and materials must be new. Blankets may be quilted or fleece. Softer fabrics are most used; however, any cotton based fabric is fine. The greatest need is for blankets that can be used by school age children or older such as 72'' No Sew Fleece Throw Kits bought at local fabric stores. Please store completed blankets in an unscented plastic bag to keep them clean until delivery. Please do not store items in cardboard boxes.
The sense of smell is the most advanced sense that babies have at birth. In fact research has shown that even before birth, fetuses can smell. Furthermore, at just 3 days old infants can recognize the specific smell of their mother’s amniotic fluid, and by 2 weeks an infant can tell the difference between the scent of his/her mother’s breast milk and that of another person’s. AMAZING isn’t it!! To baby, mommy always smells like roses, and that’s comforting and soothing.
Positioning Aid Cover for NICU
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Dallas Campus (NICU) treats babies of all sizes and diagnoses. Many of the babies in the NICU need extra help to feel safe and comfortable while they’re sleeping in their beds. One way NICU staff supports babies while they sleep is aids to position them in way that gives them a sense of security and supports their developmental needs. A very popular positioning aid used in our NICU is a long, skinny beanbag. The beanbags are covered in vinyl and can be disinfected between patients; the beanbag covers, however, need to be soft and gentle on the babies’ skin. Placing a cover on the beanbag allows for this. The NICU is consistently in need of these covers, as they need to be washed every few days and can wear out with continued use.
NG Tube Pouch
What is an NG Tube
A nasogastric (NG) tube is a flexible tube of rubber or plastic that is passed through the nose, down through the esophagus, and into the stomach. It can be used to either remove substances from or add them to the stomach.
NG Tube Pouch
This small feeding-tube pocket pouch is made of soft flannel and holds the NG feeding tube in place. The feeding-tube pocket pouch minimizes the fear of accidentally pulling out the tube, eliminates the tube from swinging, and keeps the tube away from baby’s grasping hands. The pocket pouch can be taped or pinned securely to the infants clothes, the tube gathered with the enclosed elastic, and inserted into the pocket until needed again.
For those who prefer the NG tube for each feeding, the feeding tube can be stored in the feeding-tube pocket pouch and kept close by.