My son (almost 17) was admitted to the hospital late Sunday night with pancreitis. Luckily he is doing well and is expected to fully recover. It was through this chance happening that I learned about "child life" programs that are ran in most pediatric wards in hospitals. Trained specialists and volunteers do everything from playing with kids and organizing fun activities to helping them understand procedures, etc. Through play therapy, including art projects, kids can feel more in control and more at home in a very scary situation. You can learn more here: http://www.childlife.org/
I was thrilled to learn that they have a wish list, including a need for art supplies and journals!
Perhaps there is a similar need at your local hospital?