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Telecare: 811
Poison: 1-800-565-8161
5850/5980 University Ave., Halifax, NS B3K 6R8

Groups and Activities - Volunteering

Many groups and individuals support IWK patients by creating and donating the following items:


Quilts bring a little bit of home to hospital rooms, and patients can take the quilts home when they leave.

Thank you to the hard-working quilters who support us!

  • Angel Stitches
  • Busy Bee Quilters
  • Mayflower Quilters
  • Do Bees Quilt Group


Finger puppets and comfort dolls

Some of the generous groups listed below knit thousands of finger puppets and comfort dolls for IWK patients each year:

  • Church groups
  • Women's Institute
  • Crafters
  • IODEs
  • Brownies
  • Senior citizens' societies
  • CAW
  • Centreville Pins and Needles
  • Many, many individual knitters


The below patterns can be used for knitting finger puppets and comfort dolls:


Donations can be dropped off at the IWK Health Centre or sent by mail to:
Volunteer Resources
Level 2 - Women's Building
IWK Health Centre
5850/5980 University Avenue
Halifax, NS
B3K 6R8 


A layette is provided to families in need who have new babies. The bag contains items that new parents need during their first week home with a new baby.

This program is not funded and we rely on donations from members of the community.  Each layette contains two undershirts, two sleepers, one blanket, crib sheets, quilt, diapers, sweater set, soap, and a toy.  Each layette costs approximately $17.00.

Thank you to the many groups who hold baby showers in order to collect much needed items!