International Child Care makes every effort to purchase items locally to stimulate the economies in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We also try to keep our costs down by avoiding expensive overseas shipment when possible, but we do accept gifts of healthy birth kits, personal care kits, handmade gowns, and cloth diapers for the children at Grace Children's Hospital. Please note that the acceptance policy is subject to change at the discretion of the ICC National Directors, based on current program needs.
Here are some of the items we can usually accept:
Healthy Birth Kits – Go to our Healthy Birth page for more information on how to make them and where to send them.
Personal Care Kits – Get instructions for making personal care kits for children who are discharged from Grace Children’s Hospital by clicking here.
Handmade gowns and diapers for the children at Grace Children’s Hospital – The short-sleeve or sleeveless hospital gowns tie at the back and a variety of sizes are needed (more small than large). There is no particular pattern for the gowns, and you can make them from any lightweight fabric such as cotton. An example pattern can be found here. The hospital uses cloth diapers with ties; you can download a pattern by clicking here.
Certain medical supplies and equipment – For safety reasons, all donations of medical supplies and equipment must be approved by the medical staff in Haiti or the Dominican Republic before they can be transported to the field. We can NEVER accept expired medicines or equipment that is not in safe, working order. Our Medical Needs list (see below) describes some of the commonly needed medical items at Grace Children’s Hospital. We encourage anyone with medical items to donate to contact us for more information before shipping or carrying anything into Haiti or the Dominican Republic.
If you have items like used clothes, stuffed toys or travel-sized toiletries that don’t fit with ICC’s current needs, try contacting a local non-profit organization, such as a homeless shelter or children’s services department, that might be able to put them to good use right in your own community.
WHERE DO I SEND THINGS?
We partner with Rays of Hope International for shipment of our in-kind donations into Haiti. Our shipping guide explains everything you need to know about shipping through this organization.
Rays of Hope International
446 Grandville Ave SW, Dock 6
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
For more information about Rays of Hope, please visit www.raysoh.org. You may also contact the Warehouse Manager, Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 570-3575 with questions or concerns specific to shipping.
Financial contributions to support the cost of transporting donated items are always welcome. You can give online and indicate the gift is for shipping costs in the comments section of the online donation form. Thank you for your generosity and eagerness to support ICC’s programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
MEDICAL NEEDS FOR GRACE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
- Heat source (open warmer, isolette)
- Suction machine with tubing
- Pulse oximeters with infant and older child finger probes (2 for the outpatient clinic and 3-4 for the hospital)
- Dynamap for monitoring blood pressures
- Nebulizers (need 4-5 in the out-patient and 3 in the in-patient unit) with tubing
- Portable X-Ray
- IV pumps
- blood pressure cuffs for infants and small children
- Oxygen (requested an ‘oxygen concentrator’)
- Humidifiers for the oxygen
- Variety of tubing/masks for delivering oxygen
- Oral airways
- Laryngoscopes and various sizes of endotracheal tubes
- Good ambu bags and masks in different sizes
- Nasogastric tubes
- nasal cannulas and tubing
- all sizes of butterfly needles and angiocaths
- alcohol and betadine for antisepsis
- antibacterial soaps and hand gels
- Variety of IV fluids (Saline or RL, D5 ½ NS, etc) with tubing and buretrols
- Angiocaths and tubing, tape and IV arm/leg boards
- Umbilical catheters
- Intraosseus needles
- Educational materials for teaching Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (mannequins, defibrillators, etc.)