This post is in honor of one of my nephews who turns 7 today! He is a smart, funny, energetic boy, and also a miracle! He was diagnosed with infantile leukemia before he was one, and spent most of the next year in the hospital – while his parents juggled how to be there with him, and also care for his two older brothers. They celebrated half-birthdays and didn’t take a day for granted. What an amazing couple!. He now lives the life of a normal school-age kid! I want to remember this answered prayer and give thanks. Today is a gift from God to celebrate!
When she was going through this difficult time, my sister received more care packages than anyone else I know. So later when she made a care package to bring to another family in the hospital, I took a picture of what she brought them. I’m sharing this post for those who want to help others who are going through hard times. Even if we can’t be there in person, we can encourage them with prayers, notes, and care packages.
Do you know someone who is spending time in the hospital? These ideas can help you put together a care package. Some items in this photo include: disinfectant wipes, protein or energy bars, small tissue packs, instant coffee, quality lotion, fancy hot cocoa, instant oatmeal cups, instant cheese noodles, and a small, age-appropriate toy. Notice that she tried to consider somewhat healthy food items. If someone will be staying in the hospital a while, small personal care items can be useful as well, such as: shampoo, conditioner, and lotion. Travel size laundry soap for using the washing machine at the hospital is also helpful. Magazines or books they like to read can be nice, too. The key is to consider the person you want to help. What are their interests and needs? Adjust this list with them in mind!
This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. ~1 Corinthians 12:25-26
What could you remember and give thanks to God for today?
Watch for an opportunity to express care and encouragement to someone who is going through a difficult experience!