Saturday, June 20, 2009


Below is some additonal information about the items needed. This information was provided from the Children's Miracle Network Mgr!

We can always use blankets/quilts for day surgery, radiology, PTEC, etc.. I think they prefer solid material blankets rather than knitted or crocheted so little fingers don’t get stuck. NICU could probably benefit from having tiny/preemie hats and the booties would be fun for them to have, too. I’m sure Home Care would probably benefit from blankets, clothing, hats in the winter, etc. The Child Advocacy Centers may also be able to use blankets.

Friday, June 5, 2009


We are a group of caring, knitters, crocheters and quilters, who want to provide lovingly handmade items to children that are being cared for at the Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, OH.

We provide, soft, machine washable, blankets, (or afghan squares), hats and socks (sized for babies and children). We ask that new yarn be used, and that yarn be free of pet hair and smoke odor. If your items get soiled while being made, please wash them before sending them. Use a baby detergent such as Dreft. No fabric softener please.

Yarns: Please use soft yarns. If you rub the yarn on the inside of your arm and it feels scratchy, it will probably feel that way to a little one. Use a variety of colors. Since we are not just knitting for babies, use your best judgment. If you do decide to knit for a preemie, pastel pinks and blues are a good option.

Babies and children come in all sizes, so all sizes are accepted. If you want to knit sweaters they said they could make use of these as well, as some children that come in, have on very little. When making baby sized blankets, keep in mind, that little fingers and toes can get caught in holes, which could cause problem for baby, so the more tightly stitched ones are better for the wee hands. Handmade toys will be a blessing as also.

When packaging your items, please use a seperate ziploc bag for each item. Include your name and address in each bag.

Items can be dropped off at the Dayton Children’s Medical Center, located at, 601 Valley St, Dayton, OH 45404, or mailed to;

Dayton Children’s Medical Center, Attn: Child Life, 1 Children’s Plaza, Dayton, OH 45405.

Mark your donation as on behalf of ”Dayton Children’s Helping Hands”, and include the following with your donation;

First and Last Name
Home Address
List of Items Donated
Email (optional)

(Dayton Children’s requested contact information that they may properly thank the giver)

Again, they stated over and over how greatly they appreciated our thinking of them.

We want to state that this effort is to help the patients, and bring some brightness and sunshine to these families that may be facing difficult circumstances. These children may not necessarily be poor or “needy” in the sense that they don’t have anything, but, we know from experience how gifts of this kind can really make a difference to these family during their time at the medical center.

Items Can Also Be Dropped Of At:

1350 N. Fairfield RD
Beavercreek OH 45432

204 W. Main St.
Fairborn, OH 45324

Wooly Bully
135 S. Main St.
Springboro, OH

We also accept 3", 6", and 12" squares that one of our volunteers will put together for afghans. If you have squares you would like to donate. Leave a comment in the box below with your email address, and we will get the mailing information to you!