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Donations Help Patients at UC San Diego Health

COVID-19 update: In light of new state regulations to control the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have temporarily suspended our volunteer program. Applications will not be accepted until further notice.

Volunteers are a vital and valued part of the UC San Diego Health community. We appreciate your understanding and support, and look forward to working with you soon.

Many service groups, youth groups, churches and individuals in the community have requested ways to assist our patients from home. We appreciate this thoughtfulness and graciously accept donations of:

  • books
  • current magazines (published in the last six months) 
  • blank journals
  • adult coloring books
  • colored markers or pencils
  • playing cards
  • reading glasses (new)
  • music CDs
  • newborn outfits or blankets
  • phone cards

Goodies from the Heart that Help Comfort and Heal

Handmade gifts for our patients encourage and facilitate their recovery. Gifts are given to patients when appropriate and convey the community interest in their well being. The gifts are distributed by volunteers and are appreciated by our patients.

  • NICU BlanketLap robes or afghans:
    Patients enjoy having a coverlet to use during their hospital stay. Crocheted, knitted or quilted lap robes and afghans will be distributed to our inpatients.
  • Booties:Newborn Bootie
    Infants in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit need booties to keep their little feet warm. Crocheted or knitted booties made from baby yarn should be fitted for a medium-sized doll.
  • Hats for cancer patients: Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy often lose some or all of their hair, leaving their scalp very sensitive. Caps or turbans made of soft cotton help to protect their sensitive scalp. Many hats can be lined in order for seams not to irritate or chafe the scalp. Material should be very soft in texture and moderate in color.
  • Poem Written By VolunteerCards: All our patients enjoy receiving mail. Handmade cards can help to brighten their day and let them know their community is thinking of them.
    Because of the various prognoses, we discourage the use of "Get Well Soon" as a message. Alternate messages could include, "Thinking of You," poems, scripture or limericks.
    Cards may be made on the computer, with stamps or construction paper. Please do not use glitter. This is a great opportunity for youth groups, service groups or classrooms to begin their volunteering experience. Be creative!
  • Pillows: Heart-shaped pillows will be given to our cardiology patients who have undergone heart surgery. The heart pillows, a symbol of the Mended Heart organization, can assist the patients in coughing after painful surgery. Coughing to keep the lungs clear is required prior to discharge. The heart pillow helps patients brace their tender chest while coughing.
    Jelly bean shaped pillows will be distributed to our oncology patients. These jelly beans provide neck support to our cancer patients.
    Pillows provide a comfort to our patients. Pillows should be firmly stuffed with polyester fill and made with cotton or cotton-blend material. Fabric can be holiday theme or other cheerful patterns.

Please call 619-543-6370 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a donation drop off.


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