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Programs & Gifts

​  "Children are our most valuable resource".
                                                                                                                Herbert Hoover

Learn More about our Current Programs and Gifts

Creative Arts Program

We provide funding for supplies for this program which presents the patients with opportunities to participate in several areas: art, music, drama and professional development. Painting offers the patients opportunities to use their imagination in a variety of different painting classes. The ukulele program allows participants to select a colored ukulele and use a variety of colored artistic materials to decorate and personalize their new instrument. All of these programs are for both inpatients and outpatients and rely entirely on donations for funding.  We are completely funding both these programs.

Cook Children's Library Program

We have furnished sets of Dr. Suess books that were both handed out to patients and kept for the library’s use while celebrating Dr. Suess’s birthday in early March. Also, we provide funding to the “Library Board Book for Early Child Literacy” program which will furnish board books to children four years and under that are in isolation, infusion, bone marrow and cannot leave their rooms.  

Christmas Family Fund

This project was started in 2007 to help families at the Hematology/Oncology Clinic at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.  Due to the financial strain on these families, they are not able to provide Christmas for their children.  These families are identified by the hospital.  Before the pandemic a wish list and a needs list for each child was provided by a parent. We purchased the gifts, wrapped the presents, and delivered them to the Child Life Specialists at the hospital. In 2021 due to restrictions by the pandemic we could only provide each family a gift bag filled with games, puzzles and food items. Families are notified to pick up the gift bags at the hospital. We hope that the restrictions will be lifted so that we can again provide their individual wishes and needs.


Emergency Assistance Fund

A fund assisting with needs of patients and their families such as travel expenses to and from the hospital for treatment, assisting with unpaid bills, or if necessary to ease the burden of funeral expenses.

Hematology and Oncology Infusion Clinic

We are providing funding for pumps to be used by the Infusion Clinic for the treatment of cancer patients through targeted therapy. A donation will be made to the Neuro-Oncology program to purchase a 3D brain model which will show the parents different parts of a child’s brain during family education. Additional funding will also be used to purchase teaching tools and supplies for the patients in this area.   

Holiday Celebrations

In observance of various holidays; favors and treats are given to patients in Ft. Worth and Grapevine H/O Clinics.

Gifts in Kind
Items that Circle of Friends purchases and delivers to the Hospital and H/O Clinic
  • Coloring books, crayons and craft pens

  • Pajamas and undergarments for children and teens

  • Toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving items

  • Twenty-five Build-A- Bear (Cook Children's) for the newly diagnosed patients

  • Halloween items for trick or treating.

  • Christmas Family Fund:  Purchase games, puzzles, small toys, Christmas blankets and individually wrapped all items and deliver to Child Life. Purchase gift cards for each family and additionally, Chili's gift cards for a meal.

  • Gift cards for Yogurt and Chick-Fil-A placed in 150 Valentine Cards for hospital and the Grapevine Clinic outpatients.

  • Valentine candy baskets for the H/0 nurse stations, emergency room, and Child Life office.

  • Outdoor play items for Erase Kids Cancer program.

  • Donated gift cards to the Exercise is Medicine program. We helped establish this program several years ago with weights and an exercise bench. The program encourages patients to get out of their rooms to do exercise stations posted on the walls in the hall and make certain goals. We purchase gift cards from Amazon and for Build-A- Bear that they receive when they
    reach their goals.

  • Paint sixty Halloween-themed fake pumpkins to be placed in patient rooms and nurse stations in the H/O clinics.

  • Purchased H/O wish list items for the clinics.

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