In an earlier post I put together a sickness package that I wish I would have had when I and several of my family members came down with the dreaded, can’t-get-out-of-bed-for-a-week flu. This got me thinking about just how wonderful care packages are and how much I would like to have one brought to me. Who doesn’t love knowing that she is being thought of in such a kind way?
Letting someone with CI know you care is extra special. Since CIs are rarely cured, we endure being ill for the duration, or, in really simple terms, forever. In today’s world people tend to get bored and lose interest in people who never get well. So anything you do for someone with a CI such as a card, a gift, a homemade meal, groceries, a text, or an email to let the person know you are thinking about him/her is always appreciated.
So, what if you don’t have anyone who would think to give you a pick-me-up gift? I know this sounds a little different but, what if you purchased a care package for yourself, to keep on hand to bring out when you are having one of those horrible, terrible, no good days? O.K., maybe it wouldn’t be as cool if you bought if for yourself, but what is wrong with giving yourself a gift? Absolutely NOTHING!
So, I made another trip to The Dollar Tree and put together items that I would enjoy receiving, and have listed what was purchased with a picture of the items below. Although some of the prices may be cheaper at another store, I regularly use The Dollar Tree as I know exactly how much I am going to have to pay. If you have ten dollars, you know you can purchase nine items. Simple. Plus, Dollar Tree stores are much smaller than the big box stores, making them physically easier for me to shop.
My care package includes:
Two books: Books can be a difficult gift to choose for someone else, especially when you have such a limited choice as you do at a dollar store. It does help if you know if they enjoy fiction or nonfiction. I prefer nonfiction which was in an even less supply that day but I was able to find two that seemed interesting, hiding in the very back of the top shelf, Masters of Wisdom by Edward Abdill and Apha Better Juice by Roy Blount, Jr.
Note cards – I like to send cards to others who are having a difficult time to let them know I am thinking about them, (who doesn’t love getting real mail), or to send a thank to someone who has been helpful or kind. Lying in bed gives me plenty of time to write out some personal notes in a card.
Stamps – This was obviously not from the Dollar Store but if you are going to include cards, stamps are a must. This is an extra special blessing to a person who is unable to get out of the house regularly.
Journal – I think that journaling is super important as there are many benefits to writing down your feelings, thoughts, and emotions when dealing with tough situations. A journal could also be used as a gratitude or meditation journal, exercise or health log to keep track of your food, water, supplement and medication intake and symptom list.
Pens – A must with a journal and these pens have a comfort grip.
A snack – Since I eat gluten free I included veggie straws, a decent tasting gluten free snack. Make sure you check the person’s food allergies or preferences before purchasing food for a care package.
A drink – A bottle of Martinelli’s sparkling apple juice made in the U.S. This drink tastes amazing but it is a horrible deal at the dollar store. It is much cheaper per ounce at Walmart and Meijer. Because I don’t consume sugar or artificial sweeteners,there were few choices of drink at Dollar Tree.
Box of tissues – I could have purchased a box with more sheets but instead I chose a box with a pretty picture on it. Who doesn’t need a little more beauty in her life?
Lip balm – I thought this was a great deal, all natural ingredients and made in the US.
Finally, I placed all the items in a small trash basket. There were so many choices, colorful plastic containers, beautifully colored reusable bags, and mixing bowls. Instead I picked the small white trash can because I figured most people need a small trash can by their beds (I do!) and if they have one, a new one would be a blessing to put somewhere else they spend a lot of time.
Until next time…………YOU are a superhero and superheros deserve a gift now and then!