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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2010 04:14:53 PM »

still looking for ideas?
just one thing: REMEMBER THE TEENAGERS!
I'm in the children's hospital right now, and most of the stuff is geared towards kids/babies- but the majority of us on the floor are teens!! (14+) we get so bored! you could make craft kits, activity books, etc. also, teddy bears are awesome, but check with the hospital to see the rules, they have to be careful.
you're awesome for doing this!
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« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2010 04:42:21 PM »

That's a great reminder thatkid! Thanks!
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2010 10:00:33 AM »

you could see about picc line covers....i know when DD was in the hospital as a baby, it was so sad to see the lines going into her hands/feet/head and covered with gobs of tape. my MIL made some covers for her picc lines, and some little hats for when it was in her head, and it made a world of difference. and i definately 2nd (10th? lol) the blankets. DD has some handmade quilts that were donated to the NICU when she was there and she still uses them, and plays with the  ones that're too small to use. and not just quilts, we got some crocheted afghans, and some knitted items, and of course a few handmade toys.

for the teenagers, how about just normal everyday things to help brighten their days? like, ipod covers, or removable laptop stickers? when i've been ill, it's been little things like that that've cheered me up most, just having something pretty or fun to look at.
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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2010 08:00:42 AM »

I posted these ideas on another thread for children in the hospital, but what about coloring books, little drawing sets with markers, puzzles, sewing cards, felt story boards, and other little creative things kids can do on their own, like the little ready to make craft kits you can get from Oriental Trading Co.  They come several to a package, for just a buck or two per project for cost.
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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2010 03:40:21 PM »

My oldest goddaughter was born with a heart defect which meant many many many trips to the hospital because she would develop pneumonia very easily.  Hospital beds, even in nice children's wards, are so drab and really very depressing.  Anything colorful would've made things a lot cheerier -- a little blanket, a stuffed toy, a pillow, a bright picture or painting.

I second AlyssaKnits -- stuff for the older kids and even the parents to do.  I kept a journal when my goddaughter was in the hospital overnight, and her mother brought along baby pictures.  When my own mother was hospitalized for a week we had to bring her new magazines and books almost everyday, since she couldn't watch TV and couldn't get wireless internet.
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« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2010 06:27:06 PM »

this is such a great idea and i would really like to do something like this. i agree, the elderly can often get overlooked. i will look into crocheting for hospitals and nursing homes now...
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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2010 08:51:41 PM »

As a mother of a special needs son, who frequents hospitals A LOT... (autism, mitochondirals disease, epilepsy.. a whole shlew of other conditions)... I want to personally THANK ALL OF YOU who take the time and effort to bring a smile to my sons and family's face.

You all are true angels.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2011 11:10:45 AM »

I've been thinking about crocheting up a ton of finger puppets and stuffies and giving them to a local hospital with a children's ward. I was thinking of making a bunch of mario 1 Up mushrooms but could that offend some of the patients in anyway? would it make them happy or make them sad?

Would coasters, bookmarks, or both be a good idea to cheer up older patients?

I know I'll need to wash everything after it's made. Should I wrap each thing, or attach a little note somehow? What could the note say that would be sentsitive and understanding of all situations?  Something like "Smile, someone cares!"   ?      Any suggestions?

I read all the posts and now I really feel the need to set time aside to craft for charity.
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« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2011 02:52:03 PM »

Bookmarks are a great idea.
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« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2011 03:43:11 PM »

I think a note would be nice, but I probly wouldn't wrap items just so the staff knows what they are handing out. 
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