If you are unable to volunteer at the hospital, a wonderful way to give your time and talents is through organizing a group supply collection for our patients. Toys, arts, crafts, games, and more are essential in ensuring our patients are having fun while here at the hospital. Please contribute supplies today!
The following items are distributed by our hospital volunteers and bring such joy to our patients. To ensure they are routed appropriately, please mail craft kits, waiting room fun bags, and mask straps to the following: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Attention Vilma Carnahan and Volunteer Services, 595 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105.
Pick a craft, place all supplies needed for the craft in a one gallon sealed zippered plastic bags, including printed instructions. Crafts are given to patients and adults of all ages through the Happy Cart. Here’s a listing of a few craft supplies you should avoid: play dough, live feathers, leaves, moss, dirt, glitter, and any food products like pasta or beans. If your craft requires safety scissors or glue, please include separately in a sealed zippered plastic bag.
For more information on craft supply kit guidelines, read Making Craft Packages for the Happy Cart.
Waiting Room Fun Bags
Fill a sealed zippered plastic bag with fun things a child or teen can do as they wait to visit the doctor. Make bags age-specific but generic enough for a boy or a girl. Include things such as:
- Colored pencils
- Coloring books
Mask straps are used to improve the comfort level for patients required to wear masks to prevent the spread of infection or protect our patients from infection. These mask straps replace the elastic band that comes standard on the mask. Patients tell us that the flannel and fleece material feel much better against their cheek and causes far less rubbing than the original elastic band. Please note that anything made with fabric must be made in a smoke free and pet free environment. All masks must be individually packed in sealed zippered plastic bags.
For instructions, read Making Mask Straps for Patients.
For additional information, read the Rules for Handmade Fabric Items.