Many programs rely on in-kind donations and financial contributions to purchase specific items to provide a more comfortable hospital experience or empower patients to healthier outcomes.
We welcome your contributions and involvement in any in-kind drives to benefit our programs below. To comply with infection prevention and to respect the dignity of those we serve, donated items must be new, unless noted.
Protect healthcare staff on the frontlines of COVID-19 with contributions of personal protective equipment (PPE). Homemade masks are also welcome for nonCOVID-19 patients and visiting family. Learn more.
Children's Literacy connects children with books because reading experiences are critical to a child's healthy development.
- New and gently used books for ages newborn to 18
- Picture books
- Multi-lingual books are always in demand
- Puzzle books for teens
Emergency Clothing Service
Patient Experience manages the emergency clothing service for adults and children at Hennepin Healthcare. The goal of the service is to provide patients, who have no other resources, a set of clean clothes to return home with dignity. Patients in need of clothing are those who had clothes damaged due to their injury, newborn babies, people who are homeless, and others whose clothing is unsuited for the weather or to the special needs of their injury or illness. Each year about 5,000 individuals benefit from this service. For more information, contact [email protected] or 612-873-4112.
Child Life Program
Illness and hospitalization are stressful events in the lives of children and their families. By providing age-appropriate activities and distractions, we hope to minimize stress and help children and their families cope positively with their healthcare experience. The Extraordinary Kids Fund was created to inspire donors who wish to bring joy to our pediatric patients. Explore our wish list on Amazon.
Surgery Dolls are hand sewn items that allow child life specialists to explain procedures and determine the emotional well-being of our young patients. We welcome donations of these dolls throughout the year. Read our sewing instructions.
Crafters make a difference in the lives of our patients too! Donations of hats help keep tiny patients cozy warm in the NICU, cover the heads of patients receiving chemotherapy and keep bandaged or casted hands warm in the Minnesota winter. Hand sewn surgery dolls are used in Pediatrics so that staff can show their young patients the area that will be affected and how that will affect their recovery and treatment. The following items are things you can make to help patients at Hennepin Healthcare. Use your favorite pattern(s) or use the ones provided below.
Contact Karin Meier for more information and for mailing or item drop off.
- Knit Hats for Cancer Patients: Mary Maxim Knit Hat Pattern
- Crochet Hats for Cancer Patients: Yarnspirations Crochet Hat Pattern
- Knit Hats for NICU Patients; Knit Pattern for NICU
- Crochet Hats for NICU Patients: Crochet Pattern for NICU
- Oversized Mittens for Burn Unit: In The Round, Two Needles, Knitting Machine, Crochet
Non-medical health and safety items are welcome to support those receiving home health or hospice care. Consider gathering colleagues, friends or family for a Helping Hands Drive. For more information, contact [email protected]
- Gift cards to local retail stores
- Diapers sizes newborn to six
- Sheet sets to fit hospital beds: extra-long twin, full and queen sizes
- Portable cribs for safe sleeping
- Baby wipes
- Bath towels and washcloths
- Books (infant through age 5)
- Cleaning supplies
Spiritual Care provides compassionate support to patients and family members affected by crisis, illness or loss while respecting their culture, religion, value systems, and traditions.
- New blankets, afghans and lap robes