Stitch-A-Wish Volunteer Program Information:

Stitch-A-Wish volunteers sew, knit, quilt, embroider, and crochet for hospitalized children.

The program provides the patients with colorful, child friendly pillowcases that brighten their rooms; medical play therapy dolls that help patients learn about and understand the medical procedures they undergo; telemetry bibs that allow toddlers mobility even while attached to heart monitoring equipment; saddle bags that give bed ridden children a sense of independence by providing them with easy access to their favorite things; preemie clothing for the tiniest infants to wear for their long awaited first trip home. These items, and many others, are utilized daily throughout the medical center for comfort, therapeutic play, arts and crafts, and safety.

The Stitch-A-Wish program was formed in October, 2005 when a call went out to the community for people who sewed to give their time and talents to hospitalized children by providing them with items that normally would not be available. The message was received and the program has grown tremendously. Since the start of the Stitch-A-Wish program, tens of thousands of items have been sewn and donated to ill and injured children. The needs are ongoing and continue to grow as Stitchers create more items that make the young patients' hospital stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
A vision of the Stitch-A-Wish program is that all patients receive their very own child-sized pillow and Cook Children's pillowcase to use during their stay and take home with them upon discharge. As a non-profit pediatric hospital, this can only happen through the support of volunteers and donors who are willing to give of their time and resources.

Our invitation to volunteer is extended to everyone interested in volunteering from home (virtual volunteering) and becoming a part of making little wishes come true. There is no minimum hourly or project commitment. Stitchers choose the projects they enjoy as well as the amount of time and resources they want to contribute. Stitchers have the option of participating in quarterly Stitch-a-Thons at the medical center to meet and sew with fellow Stitchers, if desired.

If you have any questions about the forms or requirements, please call the volunteer office at 682-885-4590

Thank you!

Christy Beck,
Stitch-A-Wish Program Coordinator

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I understand and agree that in the performance of my duties as a volunteer of Cook Children s Health Care System I must hold in strictest confidence any observations I may make or information I may hear regarding patients, patient families or staff.

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I understand that upon my successful completion of the volunteer placement processes required at Cook Children's, I will become a volunteer. As a volunteer, I acknowledge that I will not receive compensation for services.