The cancer community is full of supportive resources. Today we’d like to shine a light on a resource from the McKesson Foundation: Giving Comfort. Giving Comfort is a program that puts together and delivers comfort kits to patients suffering from cancer. Working with hospitals, care facilities and service organizations that support cancer patients, Giving Comfort gets these kits to someone who needs it, right when they need it the most.
The kits are customized by age group and gender and are full of things that are both helpful and comforting. For example, a young girl would receive a kit with fuzzy socks, a soft blanket, a hope chest full of affirmation cards, a stuffed animal, a soft pillow case, a sleep cap and games. A teen girl would get most of the same things, but with different games. Giving Comfort came up with the packing lists after surveying over 1,000 patients, nurses and other oncology professionals.
Kits are assembled by a group of volunteers and they are distributed by a network of community partners. Community Partners include the American Cancer Society Hope Lodges and the Ronald McDonald House. Kits are provided to the community partners at no cost and are then given to patients at no cost.
To find out more about this thoughtful and generous program, visit http://www.givingcomfort.org.