Community Projects & Donations Update

We're grateful that you're thinking of Valley Health System at this time; however, we will not be accepting donations of comfort items for patients until further notice.

We also ask that you do not make or collect these donations in anticipation of delivering at a later time, as we cannot guarantee that they will be accepted. 

Until we can accept donations again, we suggest making comfort items for yourself or family and friends! See the videos on this page, created by our volunteers, for step-by-step instructions.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation and, as always, are wishing you good health and happiness.

Generous donations of new and handmade items never fail to bring comfort and smiles to our patients. If you’re an individual or a member of an organization looking to make a difference in your community, consider making Valley part of your community service commitment. Below are some examples of needed items:   

“Best Medicine” Cart Donations

Scouting troops, students, local organizations and individuals regularly support Valley by donating homemade items to the hospital’s “Best Medicine” cart. Items from the cart, which include cards, bookmarks, crafting items and more, are distributed to patients by our volunteers. 

Knitted or Crocheted Item Donations

Handmade items such as afghans, hats for newborns and cancer patients, and fleece lap robes are gratefully accepted and bring much comfort to patients and their families.

The volunteer department also accepts donations of new, acrylic yarn to make comfort items for our patients and their families.

Download our knitting instructions for newborn hats.
View newborn hat sizes.
Download our instructions for no-sew fleece blankets.

How-To Videos

Our volunteers show you how to make comfort items to enjoy at home! 

No-Sew Fleece Blanket

Chevron Friendship Bracelet

NEW! Yarnbabies Needed for Preemies

We're now accepting handmade donations of Yarnbabies for babies in The Valley Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These crocheted toys have been shown to comfort babies, help them adjust to their environment, and help them experience better breathing and regular heartbeats. 

The babies can grasp the tentacles of the Yarnbaby, which remind them of their mother’s umbilical cord. As a result, they're less likely to pull out their monitors and tubes.

Yarnbabies must be made to specific guidelines to ensure the safety of our babies in the NICU. Download our knitting instructions for Yarnbabies. 

Other Items for Patients

We welcome donations of new, unused items for our pediatric and senior patients. Books, games, playing cards, crayons and puzzles are just some of the items on their wish lists.

Pediatric Wish List
Senior Patient Wish List 
paper crane donation
Ridgewood High School students (and sisters!) Yurina and Mayuna made 1,000 origami cranes to lift the spirits of hospital staff. Their cranes and sign hang in the hospital for all to enjoy!
Handmade donations of Yarnbabies are given to babies in The Valley Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Knit animal donations
A Valley community donor poses with an assortment of her artisan hand-knit animals
Girl Scouts with their blanket donations
Local Girl Scouts made 75 no-sew fleece blankets – each with an inspirational note attached – which they donated to The Valley Hospital for patients and their families
Project Linus blanket donation
A generous donation of blankets from Project Linus Hudson/Bergen Chapter
Community Service & Donations
Valley nurses gratefully accept donations of handmade pillows and cards
Community Service & Donations
Items for The Valley Hospital's "Best Medicine" cart are made possible thanks to the generosity of our community
Community Service & Donations
Volunteers generously donate hand-knit caps for babies in Valley's NICU
Community Service & Donations
Girl Scout Troop 6025 delivers toys, blankets, books and more to pediatric patients