Create Quick Meal Kits
Many families spend hours, months, and sometimes years at the hospital with their child. Being able to have access to a quick meal can help families in a simple, yet impactful way. Please no canned items. Non-perishable food items only. Please use pre- packaged goods from a store in unopened containers and/or packages.
- Soup or Noodle Cups
- Tuna Packets
- Shelf-stable Microwave Meals
- Easy Mac Cups
- Rice Krispie Treat or Oreos
Create Protein Snack Kits
Our families are on the go! Help us provide a healthy and filling snack that will keep our families fueled through a long day of appointments and/or procedures. Please include individually packaged, non-perishable items only.
- Beef jerky
- Protein bars (Pure Protein, Clif Bars, Quest)
- Individual peanut butter packets
- Tuna packets
- Trail mix
Create Breakfast Kits
Help us provide a quick and easy breakfast option for our families who are heading out early in the morning for a long day at the hospital! Please include individually packaged, non- perishable items only.
- Belvita breakfast biscuits
- Protein shake
- Individual oatmeal cups
- Individual cereal cups/boxes
- Squeezable fruit pouch
- Little Bits mini muffins
- Dried fruit packs
Create Newborn Care Kits
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!
- Newborn clothing
- Board books
- Baby toiletries
- Burp cloths/bibs
- Newborn receiving blankets
- Newborn hats/socks
- Rattles & Teethers
- Binkies & Pacifiers
- Breastfeeding Essentials
- Diaper Rash Cream
Create an Adult Self-Care Kit
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.
- Beauty/skincare set
- Adult coloring book
- Travel mug/water bottle
- Phone charger
- Fuzzy socks
- Playing cards
- The Roasterie Café gift card (located inside Children’s Mercy)
- Food delivery gift card (Grubhub or Doordash)
Create a New Parent Kit
Help us show some extra love to the new moms and dads who are staying with us! Having a new baby is joyful and oftentimes a little bit hectic, especially when your baby requires additional medical care. Put together these kits to make life just a little easier for those new parents! We asked families for feedback on what kind of items they would appreciate to help define these items!
- Bottled water
- Food delivery gift card (Grubhub or Doordash)
- Baby keepsake (such as a frame, hand mold or ornament)
- Cozy blanket
- Pillow spray
- Small notepad and pen
- Crossword puzzle
Get creative with kits
We love to see the creativity of our volunteers! We have seen volunteers make a variety of kits that bring a smile to the families in our Houses and Family Rooms. Groups have created Birthday Kits, Spa Kits, Movie Kits, Child Activity Kits, Adult Activity Kits and more! Contact our Guest Experience Team ([email protected]) to share your ideas!
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!
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 newborn, some self-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 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?
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.