The Holidays are a Great Time to Let a Cancer Patient Know Someone Cares
Do the holidays inspire you to do something special for someone in need? If yes, there’s a great opportunity to help people getting chemotherapy. Consider making chemo care bags for cancer patients.
There are times when patients spend 6 – 8 hours in one day, in one setting, getting their chemotherapy treatments. Simple things like lip balm, lotion, or a puzzle book can make that time a little easier. Even for patients who are here for an hour, the items are helpful and the thought that someone cares can make a big difference in their day.
Previous donors suggest buying items at a Dollar-type store to keep costs down. They can be large bags with a lot of items or smaller bags with a few items. Either way, your gift will be greatly appreciated and brighten the day of a cancer patient.
Items to consider for chemo care bags:
- Lip balm
- Travel-size lotion
- Travel-size packets of tissues
- Ginger candy (helps with nausea)
- Hard candy (peppermint, butterscotch, and lemon helps with bad taste from chemo)
- Crossword or word search puzzle book
- Adult coloring book and colored pencils
- Socks – cute pictures, soft and fuzzy
- Lemon ginger tea bag
- Protein bar
- Hand sanitizer
Probably the best item to include is an encouraging note.
I think when the bag has a personal note, it’s like giving a hand-written hug. For some patients, cancer can be a lonely journey, and to know that someone, somewhere is thinking of them and wishing them well…that’s very powerful. Many of those notes end up on the patient’s refrigerator at home as a daily reminder that someone cares.
You don’t have to be a professional writer to include a note. Messages can be as simple as “Thinking of you,” or they can be more specific such as “I’m sending positive thoughts your way today.” If you’re having trouble thinking of what to write, use encouraging quotes from famous people or lyrics from a song or a poem.