Many families don’t plan to have a hospitalized child. But, when they do, they usually end up there with only the items in their pockets, purse or car. The hospitality cart is designed to give patients and their families easier access to free items that help make their day spent bedside a little more comfortable. Hospitality carts are stocked full of items to help provide comfort — things that may be at home, things that may require a trip to the store or just eases the need to leave the child’s bedside in general.
The Mid-Michigan service area is broad. We mobilize hospitality cart services to areas of pediatric care where our brick and mortar House is situated a just a little bit too far for families in nearby regions to stay with us in the House.
Our carts are stocked with refreshments, like microwavable breakfast or lunch items, water, juice, coffee and more; personal care items, such as individual toiletries, hand sanitizer, chapstick and hand lotion; small toys and entertainment, like puzzle books, coloring supplies and activity kits for small children; and other comfort amenities like phone chargers, headphones and writing utensils. All of these items are provided to families and patients at no cost.
Our hospitality carts support and comfort individuals who spend extended periods of time at the hospital with their critically ill children. Volunteers round the children’s units at area hospitals with our colorful hospitality carts, offering free snacks, toiletries, boredom busters and more to patients and their visitors.
University of Michigan Health at Sparrow Children’s Center - Lansing
Our newest hospitality cart is available to the health system’s youngest patients and their families 24 hours a day stationed in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) waiting room. Over 3,300 patient families will have access to the cart annually.
Covenant HealthCare - Saginaw
Dedicated by the Saputo Family McDonald's Restaurants, the Covenant HealthCare hospitality cart in Saginaw supports pediatric and neonatal patients and their families. Over 4,000 patient families have access to the Covenant HealthCare cart annually.
MyMichigan Medical Center - Alpena
In partnership with Alpena McDonald's Restaurants and MyMichigan Medical Center - Alpena, this hospitality cart is stationed in the Women's Health Unit supporting families of new babies in addition to pediatric patients receiving care in the hospital’s Emergency Department annually. Over 3,200 patient families have access to the MyMichigan Medical Center cart annually.
To donate items, you may view our full wish list or our Amazon Wish List. If you are donating through Amazon, please indicate your preferred hospitality cart location in the order notes.
You may deliver or ship items directly to:
Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan
121 South Holmes St., Lansing, MI 48912