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Giving and Volunteering

At Home Projects

Thank you for your interest in donating your time, skills or goods to our patients and their families. We appreciate your generosity and kind heart. Thank you for thinking of us!

Activity Bags

Fill a sealed zippered plastic bag with fun things a child or teen can do as they wait to visit their doctor (or wait for a sibling). Make bags age-specific, but generic enough for a boy or a girl. Include everything needed for the activity in the bag. Examples are crayons, markers, colored pencils, paper, coloring books and stickers.

Parents who spend countless hours at the hospital or in our clinics appreciate activity bags for adults, too.

Craft Kits
Pick a craft and place all supplies needed for the craft in a gallon sealed zippered plastic bag, along with printed instructions. Crafts are distributed to patients and siblings from a traveling cart, in the play room and in our Family Resource Center. For more information on Craft Kit guidelines, please see Tips for Craft Kits.

Snack Kits
Snack kits are greatly appreciated by the pediatric clinics for children who are feeling hungry after fasting for a test or procedure at their outpatient appointment.
A decorative zippered plastic bag filled with a 100% juice box or mini water bottle, bag of goldfish crackers, granola bar, stickers, coloring book and crayons works very well. Please refrain from including candy items.

Personal Hygiene Bags

Hygiene bags are a huge help to parents or family members who needed to get to the hospital quickly and didn’t have time to pack their own items.

Please include in every bag: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, body soap or body wash, shampoo and conditioner.   Place items in a gallon-sized, clear, sealed, zippered plastic bag.   Extra items such as lotion, facial wash, mouthwash, lip balm, etc. are also appreciated.  Please only include items you would be happy to use yourself or donate to your own loved ones.


Fleece Blankets
Our patients’ number one requested home crafted item is fleece blankets. The soft fabric is a real comfort to patients. Please see Tips for Home Crafters for suggestions.

Handmade Cards
Our patients and their families appreciate the cheer brought from handmade cards. See Handmade Cards for guidelines.

Again, we thank you for your generosity and giving spirit. Please contact us with any further questions.

Volunteer Services

University of Minnesota Medical Center
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
612-273-6565