Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Even better than recycling...

Lately, I have been seeing a ton of televisions offered "free" on Freecycle and the free section of Craigslist.  It baffles me that people never think of donating perfectly good working televisions & DVD players to their local children's hospital or nursing home.  When I mention this to folks - it's like a lightbulb goes off over their heads.  Recently, I splurged and got a new television - but my 19" CRT television still works perfectly well and doesn't have any bad spots (why should it since I have only watched movies on it and am hardly a couch potato).  I confess - with my recent convalescence, I just decided I wanted a bigger and more energy efficient TV that doesn't weigh so much.  And a DVI to stream Netflix.

Rather than Freecycle my television and old DVD players, I called the Children's Hospital Family home - turns out they do need a TV and DVD players.  The Oakland Children's Hospital also need lots of other stuff - things that I never thought of for crafts projects and such.

Here are a few things that tickled my fancy:

  • Art and craft supplies 
  • Beanie Babies 
  • Crayons & Colored Pencils 
  • Crossword Puzzle Books: for both kids and parents 
  • Games: such as Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, Battleship, Chutes and Ladders, Yahtzee, Life, chess, checkers, Boggle, Trouble, Connect Four and memory games 
  • Hot Wheels Toys, Small Cars & Trucks 
  • Journals, Blank Books, NotebooksMad Libs 
  • Magazines: for all ages, including magazines in Spanish 
  • Mini Needlepoint Kits
  • Playing Cards: including UNO, Old Maid, Crazy Eights 
  • Safety Scissors 
  • Scrapbook Supplies
  • Stationary Sets
  • Stickers 
  • Knitting Yarn & Knitting Needles: all sizes (Family Resource & Information Center) 
  • Crochet Hooks: (Family Resource & Information Center)
  • Booties: Knit or crochet baby booties (including preemie size)
  • Favors: Make tray favors or origami for patient meal trays
  • Sew: Sew a quilt or wheelchair backpack. Please use only new, not used fabric.
I think I am most likely to make up a bunch of twin size quilts with small pillows to send sick kids home with sweet dreams.  Last little girl who received a quilt I made said it was "magic" - a big red velvet heart with gold fringe on a field of 8" wide alternating green & white patterned and white bands.  I've been kind of thinking about making less pattern oriented quilts and using up some fabric - but using a simpler background to do some fun applique stuff - and maybe these kids can be my guinea pigs.  :)

I wonder how kids would love the little creatures that Hannah at Bittersweet makes, like the cute little froggy.


Chile said...

That's a really great idea. Most of us simply hadn't thought to check with those places! (I just got rid of my TV free on craigslist, too, but it was only a little 13" so probably not as useful for group viewing.)

Jenn said...

Chile - don't even worry about size (ha!).

Any size TV can be used in individual rooms. Sick kids don't have "group" interactions in the context of a children's hospital.

In my experience, the hospital kept tvs & vcrs on media carts and rolled into kids rooms as requested/needed (rather than having one in each room).

And in Family Houses, they may have a different set-up - and it's also good to have extras that they can send home with families if they need something to amuse a chronically or terminally ill child.