Holiday Happenings
Modified on 12/7/2022 at 03:02pm

Read about UI Health Care’s events, annual traditions, and more related to the holiday season:

Angel Tree, Nov. 21 – Dec. 19

Share the joy of the holidays by donating a gift to a UI Hospitals & Clinics patient! Your generous donations will help our Activities Therapy staff reach their goal of offering a gift to each long-term adult inpatient during the holiday season. Adopt an angel tree from outside the Volunteer Services Office (between Elevator D and F, Level 8).

Can’t make it to the Angel Tree? The UI Holiday Committee has partnered with Volunteer Services-sponsored businesses to continue the virtual Angel Tree to make it more accessible to the community. Suggested gifts can be found on the Wild Rose Gifts website and include Hawkeye apparel, salon items, and much more! All proceeds from gifts purchased for the Angel Tree through the website will go directly towards programs that benefit our patients and their families at UI Hospitals & Clinics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Sponsored by the UI Health Care Holiday Committee.

Warm the Sole, Nov. 22 – Jan. 31

UI Health Care Holiday Committee needs your help decorating the clotheslines with new socks! Donated socks will be donated to local nonprofit agencies such as DVIP, Crisis Center, NCJC, Shelter House, UAY, and Girl Scouts. The Warm the Sole clothesline can be found by the Main Entrance (Elevator E, Level 1). If socks are purchased from Wild Rose Gifts for the Warm the Sole sock drive, not only are you helping those in need, but the proceeds from your donation go directly toward programs that benefit our patients and their families at UI Hospitals & Clinics and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital through Volunteer Services.

Sponsored by the UI Health Care Holiday Committee.

Complimentary meal Dec. 25

Employees must have their ID badge present in order to receive their complimentary meal.

Christmas meal (Sunday, Dec. 25)


  • Chicken kiev
  • Grilled chicken (gluten free)
  • Rice
  • Green beans
  • Choice of dessert
  • Choice of beverage


  • Fountain Dining Room: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Marketplace: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tokens of the Season, Dec. 21 – 23

Every year, UI Health Care volunteers deliver a Token of the Season to our inpatients to brighten their spirits over the holidays.

Sponsored by the UI Health Care Holiday Committee.

Seasonal decorations

Many seasonal decorations pose fire safety and infection control risks.

The following items are prohibited:

  • Combustibles such as paper, cardboard, or inflatable items
  • Natural or synthetic trees (unless provided by groundskeeping)
  • Holiday lights that require plug-in power (items that use normal battery power can be used in most cases)
  • Items hung from the ceiling, sprinkler heads, exit lights, doors, or door frames
  • Candle warmers or scented plug-ins
  • No extension cords unless marked with temporary sticker
  • Items must be wipeable/cleanable; no tape used
DeGowin Blood Drives

The holidays are here, and the UI DeGowin Blood Center is in need of blood and platelet donors.

DeGowin is instructing donors to schedule an appointment before donating. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weight at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, and without aspirin products for 48 hours prior to donation.

To sign up for an appointment, visit and click “Start Your Donation Today” or call 319-356-2058

Spiritual Services

To find information on Spiritual Services during the holidays, visit

Donations or gifts

Review our FAQ page to learn what donations are accepted and where to direct inquiries.