And lest we forget the boys! Car carriers loaded with parking garages, grassy areas, roadways, and Hot Wheels provide play time for the boys in the hospital. They roll up for easy transport to other areas of the hospital or for going home..
Stuffed toys are great hospital gifts as they can become cuddly companions. They are easy to carry around, and they welcome a child back to his/her bed. The hospital staff encourages a patient after chest surgery to 'hug a heart' - the child holds the toy tightly to their chest and then tries to cough. The child feels more confident holding the toy.
A new 14.5 inch doll is given with a wardrobe of 12 handmade outfits including party clothes, play clothes and sleepwear. There may also be special outfits to dress the doll such as a ballerina-fairy or for an outing at the beach. Sleeping bags are also handmade for the doll. The activity of dressing the doll triggers fun conversations with hospital staff and family members, and provides imaginative play even when the child is alone. The doll becomes the child's friend always by her side all day and night.
The Stitchin' for Kids gifts are designed to serve boy and girl patients of all ages and varying conditions. The gift can be an important part of the patient's treatment. The gifts are homemade and are filled with love.
Team members organize the hospital donations for April and October deliveries. They are delivered to Child Life Specialists in the hospitals who then are responsible for matching a gift to a child.
Toddlers become little mothers with their gift of a new Corolle baby doll (Mon Premier Bebe Bath) with a handmade blanket, hat, bib and diaper. Since the baby doll is waterproof, the toddler can wash the doll while taking a hospital bath.
Gifts are coordinated through the project.
Gifts have a handmade element.
Gifts will comfort and entertain.
Gifts will be clean and free of dust.
Gifts contain new materials, ie. no previously used fabrics.