Off-Site Group Volunteer Opportunities

Make care kits and snack packs for our families

To sign up for a time to deliver your completed kits, click here. 

For questions regarding these opportunities, email [email protected].

Click Here for a printable version of the below.

**Our snack kit needs are currently met, please help by selecting another kit or helping with our wishlist needs**

Make Snack Bags

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Our families are on the go! Help us provide a quick and easy option for families that do not have the time to sit and eat a meal at one of our houses. Please include individually packaged, non-perishable items only.

Item Suggestions:

  • Bottled water
  • Skinny Pop Popcorn
  • Beef jerky stick
  • Trail Mix or Nuts
  • Pretzels or Chex Mix
  • Oreos or Chips Ahoy
  • Protein bar (Pure Protein, Clif Bars, Quest)

Create Newborn Care Kits

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Oftentimes, RMHC-KC serves as a baby’s first “home away from home.” It’s also common that the families staying with us have their newborn unexpectedly and come to stay at the Houses or Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Children’s Mercy Hospital without much warning. It’s nice to have a kit to hand to families to celebrate their new addition and shower them with love!

Item suggestions:

  • Newborn clothing
  • Board books
  • Baby toiletries
  • Burp cloths/bibs
  • Newborn hats/socks
  • Rattles & Teethers
  • Breastfeeding Essentials
  • Diaper Rash Cream

Put Together a Self-Care Kit

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Parents and caregivers need to take care of themselves. Having a sick child can be extremely taxing. We are always looking for special opportunities that can bring smiles to parents on hard days. One easy way is by giving them these Self-Care Kits.

When buying items for these kits, think about getting gender-specific items for both mom and dad.

Item Suggestions:

  • Beauty/skincare set
  • Headphones
  • Adult coloring book
  • Travel mug/water bottle
  • Phone charger
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Chapstick
  • Playing cards
  • The Roasterie Café gift card (located inside Children’s Mercy)

Create Quick Meal Kits

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Many families spend hours, months, and sometimes years at the hospital with their child. Being able to have access to a quick, warm meal can help families in a simple, yet impactful way. Please no canned items. Non-perishable food items only. Also please keep in mind the RMHC-KC food policy. Due to food safety concerns and the well-being of our families, we are unable to accept food items or baked goods that are prepared off-site. Please use individually and pre-packaged goods from a store in unopened containers and/or packages.

Item Suggestions:

  • Single-serve peanut butter packs
  • Prego Ready Meals
  • Protein snack packs (P3, Sargento, etc.)
  • Bottled Water
  • Salty Snacks (single-serve Pringles or potato chips)
  • Individual fruit cups and dried fruit
  • Sweet snacks (Oreos, Rice Krispies treats, chocolate cookies, etc.)

Snag something off our wish lists

If you want to make a BIG impact with little time, consider ordering something off of our wish list! We rely on generous donations from our community to stock the pantries and maintain the Houses and Family Room. Our wishlists contain food pantry goods, storage and paper items, cleaning supplies, linens and household items, personal care, family items, and office supplies.

You can also snag items off of our Amazon wish list!

Kits FAQs

Is there any particular way they should be assembled (bags, baskets, etc.?)

We suggest reusable tote bags, gift bags or clear Ziploc bags.

Is there a certain number of kits we should assemble per drop off period?

We suggest making 25 kits, but you can definitely make more or less.

Should they all be the same or can we do a variety (some snack, newborn, care, etc?)

It is totally fine to do a variety of different kits.

How many items should we put in each kit?

We typically suggest 3-5 items per kit, but this is totally up to you.

What kind of snacks or items are most needed?

Check out our wish list for some ideas!

Can we send pictures of our group assembling the kits or dropping off the kits?

Yes! We absolutely love receiving pictures from our volunteer groups. Please email pictures to [email protected]

If a group of volunteers is putting together kits, can each person in the group receive 4 service hours for each 25 kits that the group puts together?

Yes!

If I am seeking volunteer service hours, can I bring my form to be signed when I deliver the kits?

Yes! We are a 501C3 non profit organization and would be glad to verify service hours. Please email [email protected] if you have an online form that needs to be filled out.