Share your time and talents from your own home. Volunteers can ease the hospital experience by making blankets such as no-sew fleece or sewn quilts, small pillows, laundry bags and many other items.
Our home craft opportunities are available for individual volunteers as well as school or church groups.

Why are blankets and quilts needed?
Patients who come to Gillette often need something friendly or cuddly. A blanket or pillow helps make their hospital stay more pleasant and comfortable. As much as our patients love receiving a gift, only employees can deliver them to the units.

Blanket Sizes and Material Requirements:
We accept single- or double-sided flannel blankets, quilts with light batting, knitted and crocheted blankets, and fleece-tied blankets.

  • New fabric or yarn must be used.
  • Material must be free of fragrances.
  • Blanket edges must be either tied or stitched.
  • Both male and female themed fabric needed.
  • Most common blanket sizes (approximate):
    • Infant or toddlers: 1.5 yards x 1.5 yards = 54 inches x 54 inches.
    • Pre-teen, teen, or adult: 2 yards x 1.5 yards = 72 inches x 54 inches.

Blanket requirement before delivery:

  • Complete the Gift-In Kind Donation Form and  bring with delivery.
  • Check for forgotten pins and needles.
  • Blankets must be washed with a non-fragrant detergent, free of pet hair and dander, and placed in large plastic bags for delivery.
  • Please do not deliver them in a vehicle that has been smoked in.

Delivery:

  • Blankets may be dropped off between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday- Friday at the Guest Services Desk on the 4th floor, see directions below. Blankets may also be mailed to the address listed below.
  • We will validate your parking for the ramp at the Guest Services Desk upon your arrival
  • Please inform us of the date and estimated time you plan to drop off the donation.

Blanket Delivery Driving Address
Regions Hospital  attached to Gillette
640 Jackson St, WEST parking ramp, level D
St. Paul, MN 55101

Mail Delivery Address
Gillette Childrens Specialty Healthcare
200 University Ave E, #200405
St. Paul, MN 55101

For delivery notice or questions, please contact:
Megen Swenson
651-229-3855
Volunteer@gillettechildrens.com