Updates & Corrections

KENNEDY KRIEGER INSTITUTE (Baltimore, MD) reports a good supply of medical-surgical dolls and doll gowns, but currently is in need of fleece blankets for school age boys and teen boys to add color to their room.  Colors like primary blue, navy blue, lime green, or popular boy characters are often requested.  (January 23, 2018)

EASTERN MAINE MEDICAL CENTER (Attn: Director, Volunteer Services, 489 State Street, Bangor, ME 04401)  has a new telephone number (207-973-7850), a new contact person (Martha Wildman, Director-Volunteer Services), and additional needs (child size quilts and adult lap blankets).    (March 17, 2017)

THE KENNEDY KRIEGER INSTITUTE (Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, Sheree Sheffer, CCLS, Child Life & Therapeutic Recreation Department, 707 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205) has a new contact person.   Sheree Sheffer replaces Sinead Nimmo.  

UPDATE:  St. Luke's University Hospital (Bethlehem, PA) has a good supply of SHARE SQUARES and does not need any for a while.  They DO need Cuddle Covers and Octopus toys--for which Barbara Raab can send patterns.   (Barbara.raab@sluhn.org) [February 28, 2017]

NEW LISTING:  Operation Chemo Comfort (Attn: Kelsey Lexow, 1323 South 94th Street, West Allis, WI 53214) requests donations for cancer patients (men & women).  Need sewn turbans, caps, and head scarves in addition to knit & crochet hats.  Prefer lightweight materials for summer and denser yarn/fabric for winter.  No restriction on color or pattern.  Donations go to Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center.  Contact persons: Kelsey Lexow, klexow120940@gmail.com or 414-708-7040 or Carrie O'Connor, carrie.oconnor@rocketmail.com or 414-526-1759.

NEW HOSPITAL LISTING:  Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Attn: Dept Administrator--Labor & Delivery, 4867 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027.  Tanisha Dickens (formerly at another LA Kaiser hospital) requests bereavement sets in micro-preemie to full term sizes.   Tanisha.K.Dickens@kp.org     (February 8, 2017)

RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (Riverside, CA) discontinued its medical doll program and no longer needs donations of medical-surgical dolls in various skin tones.  (Feb. 6, 2017)


VENTURA COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (CA) added quilts & fabric blankets (54"x36")--a mixture of colors & patterns for boys & girls--to their list of needs.   (OCT 5, 2016)


Update:  Children's Hospital of Colorado, Attn: Volunteer Services Manager, Deborah Schuster, Association of Volunteers, 13123 East 16th Avenue, Box B465, Aurora, CO 80045.  (Moved from Denver)

Urbana, Maryland Food Bank (Reels Mill Road, Frederick, MD) requests baby blankets to distribute to families in need.   Contact Jo Ostby (#240-529-4815 or allsodifferent@gmail.com) for details about delivery or mailing and specifics about their needs.

Sitty's Wish (Grand Rapids, MI) is closing due to insufficient funding. (Dec. 2015)

ANNE ARUNDEL MEDICAL CENTER (Attn: Child LIfe/Pediatrics, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401) requests blank medical-surgical dolls in various skin tone colors (tan, brown, peach) to be used to prepare pediatric patients for various procedures in the ED such as IVs, sutures, staples, etc...   Contact person is Meghan Siegel, Certified Child Life Specialist, 443-481-6257  or   msiegel@aahs.org      (July 24, 2015)

HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL (Attn: Child LIfe Specialist, 1500 Frest Glen Road, Silver Spring MD 20910) requests blank medical-surgical dolls (in various skin tone colors--tan, brown, & peach) to prepare Pediatric patients for surgery.   Contact person is Rachel Warner, CCLS, 301-754-7613 or Rachel.Warner@holycrosshealth.org.  (July 21, 2015)

JACKSON PARK HOSPITAL (Attn: Jackson Park Hospital Chaplain, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., Hyde Park Union Church, Chicago, IL 60637).  This new hospital requests blankets,  booties, washcloths, and bibs to distribute to parents with new babies.  This hospital serves a low-income patient population.  Contact person is Rev. Erma Croom, chaplain@hpuc.org  (May 20, 2016)  UPDATE:  Do not send anything until you confirm that this program of the Chaplain is still on-going.   (AUGUST 2018)

NURSERY CLOSING:  CHRISTUS HOSPITAL in Port Arthur, TX will be closing its nursery unit around September 1, 2015.   CALL BEFORE SENDING HATS or BLANKETS to be sure that your finished items can be used.  (July 2, 2015)

NEW HOSPITAL: Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital, Attn: Child LIfe--Child LIfe Specialist, 200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204.  Requests blank medical-surgical dolls in skin tone colors--brown, tan, and white.  Telephone: 845-849-4289  E-Mail: knuss@novanthealth.org  Contact person is Child LIfe Specialist Kristen Beaury.  The pattern is available on this website in the PATTERNS section--in the Revised Pattern & Information Book pdf on pages 54-55.  (May 12, 2015).

NEW Hospital: Memorial Hospital of Texas County, Attn: OB Supervisor (Kim Wadley), 520 Medical Drive, Guymon, OK 73942.  580-338-6515 ext: 2263.  Requesting a few burial garments (6 losses per year) in assorted sizes and colors--sizes for gestation from 20-41 weeks.  Also needs hats.   Contact Jessica Pond for additional information (JessicaPondRN@yahoo.com)  April 24, 2015

NEW Hospital Listing:  Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, MOD Family Support Specialist, 1000 East Mountain Blvd, Wilkes-Barre PA 18707.   Requests CUDDLE COVERS for NICU mothers.  Contact Kathy Devaney, Staff NICU Nurse,  via e-mail--kdevaney0731@gmail.com or telephone--570-690-1607.  The pattern for cuddle covers is printed in the Sept. 2010 newsletter (p 17-21) on this website (NEWSLETTERS) and an electronic version can be requested from Barbara Raab--Barbara.Raab@sluhn.org or 610-954-4434.
NEEDS UPDATE:  Barbara Raab, NICU Family Support Specialist, St. Luke's University Hospital, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015 wrote that St. Luke's has a good supply of burial gowns, but needs "Cuddle Covers" (breast feeding covers) and "Share Squares" (4" x 4" squares of soft fabric for parents to scent and leave with their babies in the NICU).   April 17, 2015.

NEW LISTING:  Riverside Community Hospital (Auxiliary Office-Director, Lillian Reyes-Maples, 4445 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside CA 92501   Phone: 951-788-3108.  Requests Medical-Surgical Dolls in various skin-tone colors.   For questions, contact Cyndi Nolasco, President-Elect, Volunteer Auxiliary Board, 951-264-1689 or cnolasco23@sbcglobal.net.

REQUEST FOR 24" x 24" BLANKETS:  Frederick Memorial Hospital--NICU, 400 West Seventh Street, Frederick, MD 21701 requests 24" x 24" blankets for use in the NICU.   Deliver or mail directly to FMH--Attn: NICU.  Your help is appreciated.  (March 18, 2015)

NEW LISTING: HOPE FOR TWO...The Pregnant with Cancer Network.  PO Box 253, Amherst, NY 14226  Telephone: 1-800-743-4471   E-mail: info@hopefortwo.org   Website: www.hopefortwo.org   This is an international nonprofit organization for women diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy  The mission is to connect women who are pregnant with cancer with other women who have been pregnant with the same type of cancer.  These women receive support from a support woman who is available to offer hope and share her experience through phone and e-mail conversation.  Each member receivs a small gift tote from the organization that includes, among other things, a handmade blanket.    Knit, crochet, fleece or quilted blankets (approximately 36" x 36" ) are requested.   The Post Office does not accept packages so please call the 800 number or e-mail ("baby blanket" in the subject line) to arrange for mailing or delivery.   Contact Susan Musialowski, Patient Coordinator or other staff member for additional information and visit the website. 

NEW HOSPITAL:  GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL, Attn: Vice President Volunteers Services (Claudia Weist), 2425 Samaritan Drive, San Jose, CA 95124.  Telephone: 408-559-2011.  Contact person: Claudia Weist, Vice President-Volunteer Services.   wwwlgoodsamsanjose.com.    NEEDS: walker caddies.

NEW HOSPITAL:  Community Regional Medical Center, Attn: Manager, Volunteers Services, 2823 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721.   Telephone: 559-459-2891 x-52891.  FAX: 559-459-6799.  Cell: 559-281-4055.  Contact person is Jonie Branch, Manager, Volunteer Services.  E-mail: jbranch@communitymedical.org  Needs: Small FLEECE and FLANNEL BLANKETS--24" x 24" and larger.  

NEW HOSPITAL: Holmes Regional Medical Center, Labor/Birth Suites, 1350 South Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL 32901.  Telephone: 321-434-7180.  Fax: 321-434-8546.   Contact: KELLY McGUIRE, RN.  E-mail: Kelly.McGuire@health-first.org.   Needs: Bereavement items--hats of all sizes, but especially 24 week size, angel wraps, fatal demise pouches & buntings, gowns in all sizes (with or without hat & booties), booties in all sizes, blankets (8"-10" and 15"-36"). Color preferences: white, cream, and pale pastels solid colors.  Please use ribbon ties--not Velcro or buttons. 

New Department:  University of Maryland Medical Center, Attn: Full-Term Nursery, 22 South Green Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.   Requests HATS for infants 4-5 pounds and more than 5 pounds.   Contact person: Susan Schmitt, 410-328-2459 (cell) or 410-336-4852 (work) or oxfordinn@aol.com.

Correction:  BUTTERWORTH HOSPITAL in Grand Rapids, MI should be 49504 zip code.  Apologies for the error.

NEW HOSPITAL:  Novant Health Prince William Medical Center, Attn: Palliative Care Program--Cynthia Coleman, Manager.  8700 Sudley Road, Manasas, VA 20110.  E-Mail: c.coleman@novanthealth.org or 703-396-5226.   Requesting soft blankets, shawls, and slippers for adult patients nearing end of life.   (October 23, 2014)

NEW HOSPITAL;  Holy Cross Hospital, Germantown (Attn: Kamala Richmond, RN., Director of Women's and Infants' Services, 19801 Observation Drive, Germantown, MD 20876  301-557-6026 or richmokj@holycrosshealth.org).   Contact Kamala Richmond to discuss needs.  She was happy to receive 25 baby hats on the day of the Grand Opening of the hospital. 

NEW ORGANIZATION:  The Arms of an Angel--Trisomy 18 Association (Rhonda Nickerson, President, 2934 Margeaux Drive, Lancaster TX 75134  972-330-7701 or 214-779-1197) requests crochet angels to include in bereavement boxes and knit/crochet blankets, hats, & burial garments to distribute to hospital patients with Trisomy 18.  Contact Rhonda for additional details and to arrange pick-up of finished items (within a reasonable distance).  WEBSITE: www.trisomy18dallas.org   (September 3, 2014)

NEW HOSPITAL:  JACKSON PARK HOSPITAL (Attn: Jackson Park Hospital Chaplain, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave, Hyde Park Union Church, Chicago, IL 60637) requests layettes (blankets, baby hats, and bibs) for parents with new babies.  This hospital serves a low-income patient population.  Contact person is Celeste Groff, chaplain@hpuc.org    773-947-7608.   UPDATE:  Do not send anything until you confirm that the Chaplain's program is still in effect.  (AUGUST 2018)

NEW PROGRAM:  Family Outreach of Horry County (PO BOX 2057, Conway, SC 29528) is in great need of baby and toddler clothing (newborn to 5T).  Also, newborn layettes, blankets, and baby sweaters.  Telephone: 843-234-2350.

ADDITIONAL REQUEST:  SINAI HOSPITAL/LifeBridge Health (2401 W. Belevedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215) requests shawls and hats for adult cancer patients, baby blankets, full-term hats & booties.  Beth Markowitz is the Volunteer Manager.  410-601-5023   bmarkowi@lifebridgehealth.org  (March 31, 2014)

NEW HOSPITAL:  Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Attn: Child Life Specialist--2C, 417 Third Avenue, Albany, GA 31721.  Requesting burial garments in all sizes.   Contact person: Mandy Lanier--child life specialist.  229-312-2942    alanier@ppmh.org  (March 27, 2014)

NEW HOSPITAL:  Bryn Mawr Hospital, Attn: Nurse Manager NICU, 130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr. PA 19010 requests burial garments.  (March 10, 2014)     This same nurse manager works at Laneknau Medical Center NICU and also requests burial garments for that hospital.   Contact person: Barbara Mahoney.

CHANGE of CONTACT PERSON:  Colette Moore is the new contact person for University Medical Center in Las Vegas.    Colette is in the Family Resource Center of UMC. 

REQUEST:  Geisinger Medical Center (Attn: Phoebe Beckley, NICU Family Support, 100 N. Academicy Avenue, Danville PA 17822-2710) requests
"Share Squares"--4" squares of flannel that are finished on the edges that parents keep against the skin before giving the square to the infant.   This calms the infants to have the mother's "scent" while the mother is not present.    pibeckley@geisinger.edu  or 570-271-7345.  3-5-14

NEW HOSPITAL:  Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Attn: Director of Volunteers Services, 1300 N Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027).  Contact person is Gabriela Duran Lopez--323-644-4402 or gabriela.lopez@hpmedcenter.com    They need Micro-preemie & preemie burial wraps (XS, S, M), preemie & full-term hats & booties for boys and girls, Blankets (knit, crochet, or fabric) 30" x 40", and Bibs for Adults.
(March 4, 2014)

CORRECTIONS--NAME, ADDRESS, and NEEDS for CPC Pregnancy Center that is now COMMUNITY PREGNANCY CENTER.  Their address has changed from Boniface to 4231 Lake Otis Parkway, Anchorage AK 99508.   They request large preemie & full-term hats & booties.  (February 25, 2014) 

ADDRESS CORRECTION for Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring MD):  Mail to: Holy Cross Hospital, Attn: Director of Wmen's & Children's Services (Nancy Nagel), 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910.   Needs preemie & medium-large full-term hats, crib size blankets.  No longer request burial garments. 

NEW HOSPITAL:  The Kennedy Krieger Institute, Attn: Child Life & Therapeutic Recreation Dept, 707 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205.  Contact person is Sinead Nimmo, Child Life Specialist (nimmo@kennedykrieger.org.  443-923-2630.   Requesting Medical-Surgical Dolls in a variety of skin tones to use with their young patients.

NEW HOSPITAL:  Memorial Regional Hospital, Attn: Labor & Delivery Bereavement Counselor, 3501 Johnson Street, Hollywood, FL 33021
Requests burial garments in all sizes (18 weeks to full term).  A few micro-preemie, but most needed are the preemie & full-term sizes.  Ivory, white, pastels, and other color schemes welcomed.     Contact person is MARY SWEARINGEN (cell 954-682-1015). 

NEW HOSPITAL:  ( May 21, 2013) Meadowlands Hospital, Attn: Nursing Staff--Labor & Delivery, 55 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, New Jersey 07094 requests a few burial garments.

(May 20, 2013) Sylvia Beamer, Director of Volunteer Services, Randolph Hospital, PO Box 1048, Asheboro, NC reports a good supply of IV covers at the moment. Check with her before sending any more IV covers at this time. (336.629.8886).

Randolph Hospital needs BLANKETS (30-36 inch square) & SHAWLS (w/fringe preferred).

Stork's Nest Program, Bayview Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Center cannot accept "used" items (including handmade).


Corrections to the 2012 Pattern & Information Book.  NOTE: These corrections have been made to the "2014 Revised Pattern & Information Book" that is posted on the website. 

  • PAGE 12:  PATTERN - Row 1: K2, P2, ending with P2.
  • PAGE 54: New mailing address for Johns Hopkins Childrens Center:JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL,  BLOOMBERG CHILDREN'S CENTER, Room 7217, Child Life Department, 1800 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21287.
  • PAGE 27:  Easy Booties for Preemies--Last line of directions. "...gathering up last 5 or 6 sts to round the heel."