Donation Guidelines

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC)

Donation Opportunities and Guidelines


All donations are accepted through Voluntary Service - It is requested that a drop off time be scheduled for donations of non-monetary items, as we do not accept unattended donations.

Please contact Voluntary Service (Room 2A-104), Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at (713) 794-7135 to arrange for acceptance of your donation.


             Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

            Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service

            2002 Holcombe Blvd.

            Houston, Texas 77030


Non-Monetary Donation Opportunities

  Please consider making drawstring bags to include with your donation, especially with the toiletry items, it gives them something to carry it all in.


   Afghans (bed size) and Lap Robes



    Puzzles (500 pieces or less)

   New/Gently used clothing (men & women)  

    DVD’s (We do not accept VHS Tapes)

   Undergarments in unopened packages  

    Phone Cards (15, 30, 60 min’s)


    New/Gently used Board Games

    Playing Cards  

    New/Gently used Wii or Playstation 3 games



    New/Gently used handheld games & batteries

     Toothpaste/tooth brush


    Bath and / or foot powder,


    shaving cream,


    non-alcoholic mouthwash

Hard Cover Books, Paperback Books and magazines are added to the  Library collection or distributed throughout the medical center.

Magazines should not be older than 3 months.


Books on Tape

     combs, brushes  
Project Linus  has listed some basic guideline for blankets and quilts donated to them that would be applicable to most everyone in a hospital or health care related facility.
Sizes - The following size guidelines can be considered:
  • Baby/Toddler - 36" x 36" or 36" x 43"
  • Preteen - 40" x 60"
  • Teen - 50" x 72"
  • NOTE: Teen size unisex blankets are always needed. PLEASE consider making a teen blanket that would be appropriate for a boy or a girl.
    Blanket Types:
    Quilts and Tied Comforters
    Fleece Blankets are made by serging, hemming or cutting a fringed edge. 
     The Do's and Don't's
    1. Elaborate or simple all blankets are beautifulFleece fabric makes a wonderful no sew blanket.  Please craft fleece blankets with one layer only.  Double fleece is much too heavy and bulky for many children or the elderly to handle.
    2. Please inspect your donation and remove all Pins and NeedlesCheck your blanket carefully for straight pins.  It is better you find that pin and not the person who receives your blanket.
    3. ALL BLANKETS must be LAUNDERED BEFORE they are donated, especially if there is an animal in the home of the blanket maker.  The blankets should also be sealed in a plastic bag after laundering to minimize it accumulating any allergins that may be harmful to the patients they were made for.   (Please Note--Dry detergent should be used for fleece fabric as liquid detergent causes fleece to pill)
    4. Second-hand smoke, or environmental tobacco residue, ETR as it is now known, is a particular hazard to children, especially those under 18 months of age. Tens of thousands of children, especially those with asthma or reactive airway disease, are treated for respiratory problems every year because of ETR. Please do not smoke near your blankets or sewing supplies, or do any of your blanket-making in a room where someone has smoked! Even transporting your blankets to a drop site in a car with a smoker can make your blankets smoky.
    5. Please DO NOT eat peanut butter or any peanut product when making your blankets.
    6. Fabric, yarn or any other item used that has been exposed to mold or mildew cannot be used.  Even if the musty smell disappears after laundering, the spores are still present and can cause serious respiratory problems, especially in children.
    7. Any item that could be a choking hazard should not be attached to blankets.  If an object, even a soft object like a pom-pom, is small enough to fit through a toilet paper tube, it is small enough to choke a young child.  DO NOT attach buttons or similar decorative items to a blanket
    8. Please secure the batting into outer seams.  If the blanket/quilt is tied, also please tie it every 4-6 inches grid all over. We do not want it to fall apart the first time it is washed.
    9. Please Do Not make your blankets out of tapestry, burlap, upholstery fabric, felt, vinyl, or woolNor use wool yarn.
    10. Please Do Not use fabric paint also has a tendency to peel off.