In-Kind Donations

Donations of requested items from individuals, groups and companies expand our capacity to enhance the patient experience in our hospital, clinics and special programs. Many services are completely reliant on in-kind donations and financial contributions to purchase specific items that provide a more comfortable experience or empower patients to healthier outcomes.

To comply with infection prevention and to respect the dignity of those we serve, donated items must be new unless noted.

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The programs and services that benefit the most from in-kind donations throughout the year include:

  • Children’s Literacy
  • Emergency Clothing Service for Adults and Children
  • Extraordinary Kids Fund
  • Spiritual Care

For questions on items, forming an in-kind drive at your workplace, or to schedule a delivery, please contact Hennepin Health Foundation at or 612-873-6090.

Children’s Literacy

Girl Reading Photo

Children’s Literacy connects children with books because literacy experiences are critical to a child’s healthy development. Learn more about the Children's Literacy program.

  • New and gently used books for ages newborn to 18
  • Picture books
  • Multilingual books are always in demand
  • Puzzle books for  teens

Emergency Clothing Service

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Patient Experience manages the emergency clothing service for adults and children within Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). The goal of the service is to provide patients, who have no other resources, a set of clean and dignified clothes to return home at discharge. Patients in need of clothing are those who have arrived at HCMC because of traumatic injury, newborn babies, people who are homeless, and others whose clothing is unsuited to the weather or to the special needs of their injury or illness. Each year about 5,000 individuals benefit from this service. For more information, please contact Vicki at 612-873-5588 or Kris at 612-873-4112.

Clothing for adults
Large sizes over 2x are especially appreciated.
Items for children
Sizes for ages newborn to fourteen.
New underwear briefs New quilts, receiving blankets
New sport bras, Small – XXL New onesies
New white cotton crew or tube socks New plain t-shirts (no writing or logos)
New plain t-shirts (no writing or logos) New sweatpants, sweatshirts
New sweatpants, sweatshirts Seasonal items when announced
New tennis shoes for men and women  
Seasonal items when announced  

Extraordinary Kids Fund

Extraordinary Kids Graphic

Illness and hospitalization are stressful events in the lives of children and their families. We strive to offer a child and family-centered environment in all areas of our hospital. By providing age-appropriate activities and distractions, we hope to minimize stress and help children and their families cope positively with their healthcare experience. The Extraordinary Kids Fund was created to inspire donors who wish to bring joy to the pediatric patients at HCMC. To learn more about the items we are seeking for our young patients, read our Extraordinary Kids Fund brochure.

Surgery Dolls are hand sewn items that allow staff to explain procedures and determine the emotional well-being of our young patients. We welcome donations of these dolls throughout the year and have attached sewing instructions.

Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care Blanket Donation Photo

This department provides sensitive support to patients and family members affected by crisis, illness or loss while respecting their culture, religion, value systems, and traditions.

  • New blankets, afghans and lap robes
  • Slightly used or new magazines for all ages, including magazines in Spanish
  • Financial support for our end-of-life comfort kits

Additional Adult Items

  • New travel size toiletries: shampoo and conditioner, soap, lotion, after shave, toothpaste and toothbrush, combs and brushes
  • Used cell phones

MVNA Community of Caring

Non-medical health and safety items are welcome to support those receiving home health or hospice care through MVNA. For more information, contact

Wish List:

  1. Gift cards to local retail stores
  2. Diapers sizes newborn to six
  3. Sheet sets to fit hospital beds: extra-long twin, full and queen sizes
  4. Portable cribs of safe sleeping

Helping Hand Drives: Gather colleagues, friends or family for an in-kind drive

  • Baby wipes
  • Bath towels and wash cloths
  • Books (infant through age 5)
  • Cleaning supplies- tub and tile cleaner, glass cleaner, mops, sponges and buckets.