How to Host a Me Fine Program Drive

In-kind donations — gift cards, toys, art supplies, infant needs, personal care items — from the community are one of the most important components of Me Fine’s support for children and families facing critical illness. Thank you for your willingness to host a program drive!

Step 1: Gather your team

  • Who will be participating in the drive?
    • Some ideas include your company or place of business, school, faith group, or neighborhood.

Step 2: Decide on details

  • What will you be collecting?
    • The items needed are listed below: In-Kind Items Needed
      • You may choose to focus your drive on one “type” of item (e.g., just baby items), or you may share the full list of needs with your team.
      • Note: we can only accept new and unused items due to the compromised immune systems of some patients.
    • Where will you collect items?
      • Choose a convenient location for participants to drop off their donations. You may want to use a cardboard box or plastic bin to keep items contained.
      • If you are collecting cash or gift cards, find a safe place to store them.
    • When will your drive be held?
      • Groups often find that holding a drive over the course of a full week leads to more participation than a one-day-only event.
      • Contact Me Fine to share your plan and to schedule a date and time to pick up donations after your drive is complete.

       

Step 3: Share your plan

  • Get your group excited about the drive!
    • Share the details of your drive (above) with your team.
    • We recommend sharing a specific list of items to collect, as hospitals may be unable to accept donated items that are not included on the list.

Step 4: Start your drive!

  • During the drive, don’t forget to:
    • Make colorful flyers or send out email reminders to keep your team engaged.
    • Highlight your efforts on social media. Be sure to tag Me Fine, too!

Step 5: Me Fine pick-up

  • After your drive, Me Fine staff will pick up donations at the time and location you selected in Step 2.

In Kind Items Needed

Guidelines: Due to hospital regulations, we can only accept items that are new and unused. Hospitals are unable to accept any religious items.

Toys
– Barbie dolls & outfits
– Baby dolls
– Disney/Superhero dolls & action figures
– Fisher Price Doctor Kits
– Legos (especially for teens)
– Bubbles, individual packs
– DVDs – New Releases (G, PG, PG-13)
– Matchbox cars, small trucks
– Books in English & Spanish

Arts & Crafts
– Kinetic Sand kits
– Model Magic kits
– Play-doh
– Adult coloring books
– Gel pens
– Crayons
– Colored pencils
– Markers
– Journals/notebooks
– Sketch pads
– Flat art canvases – 4″ to 8″ sizes
– Large ink pads for stamps (dark colors)

Games
– Uno cards
– Handheld electronic games (ex: Bop-It, Catchphrase)
– Sports-related games for older kids (ex: over-door basketball hoop, tabletop foosball)
– Teen board games
– Video games (rated E or T) for PS4/Xbox One

Baby Items

– Infant rattles, rings, and teethers
– Newborn onesies and hats
– Play mats
– Pacifiers with stuffed animal on end
– Pack n’ Play cribs
– “Tiny Take-along” clip-on mobiles

Gift Cards
– Gas cards (any brand)
– Grocery cards (Food Lion or Walmart)
– Fast-casual restaurants for monthly NICU Parent Lunches (e.g., Moe’s, Firehouse Subs, Jimmy John’s, Panera Bread)

Personal Care Items (travel-size items preferred)
– Ethnic hair products
– Shea butter
– Toothpaste
– Toothbrush
– Mouthwash
– Shampoo
– Conditioner
– Shower gel/body wash
– Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
– Vaseline
– Lotion
– Feminine care products (tampons/pads)
– Hand sanitizer
– Nail clippers/files
– Razors
– Shaving cream
– Dental floss
– Deodorant
– Multi-purpose solutions for contact lenses
– Contact lens cases
– Tweezers
– Eyeglass repair kit
– Lens cleaning towelettes
– Pocket comb
– Hair brush
– Mirror
– Hairspray/hair gel
– Mousse
– Facial cleansing towelettes
– Facewash
– Tissues (Kleenex)
– Chapstick