We cannot accept items from smoking homes. Research has proven that tobacco and tobacco smoke clings to furniture, clothes, walls. This is called "third hand smoke". "Third hand smoke" cannot be adequately washed out of fabrics and thus raises the risks for many illness in children. Please see the March of Dimes website for more information.
Materials must be very soft and machine washable
Acrylic and cotton yarns are best
We cannot accept items made with wool or pompadour
Ensure that your yarn is not excessively old. Yarn can become dry and brittle with age
Hats: verify that the length and width of hats fall within the same size category so they fit properly
Hat/Bootie Sets: check the measurements to confirm that the sizes match for the set.
Bereavement Gowns/Dresses/Sleep Sacks: Measure the chest first to place the item in the correct size range. Then make sure the sleeves and garment length are correct. A bit longer is always better than too short.
Preparing Your Donations
Please wash soiled items with unscented detergent before sending
Do not use fabric softener
Don't forget to weave in your ends on knit/crochet items!
For a sewn item, double check for pins and clip all loose threads.
Package each hat/bootie set for the NICU in a separate ziploc bag.
Bereavement items do NOT need to be in separate bags. Put all items in a large plastic bag to keep them clean in the event of a post office mishap.