Often, when a friend or neighbor’s child is fighting cancer, we don’t know what to do. Whether they are hospitalized or spending their last weeks at home, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed watching those you care about going through such a hard time. However, there are several ways you can support them! Below are some ideas we’d like to share as well as some great articles written for someone “in your shoes”.
Personally, I found a lot of these helpful when Sawyer was in hospice at home. It helped our family tremendously, while allowing our focus to be on spending time with Soy.
Lawn maintenance– Whether you quickly do your neighbors lawn while you are doing your own or pay to have this service done for them.
Assistance with Meals: Creating a meal train, having food delivered, and donating gift cards to be used for meals
Gift cards– So many kinds can be incredibly helpful, such as cards for gas, food, groceries, Amazon, Shutterfly and Etsy
Memory making events– Donating money or activities to help the child and family make memories . . .
- Movie tickets
- Baseball tickets
- Photography session
- Hand/fingerprint print kits
- All about me books
- Mini video recorder
- Art sets
Housecleaning services – Offer to help with laundry, housecleaning or pay to have this service done for them.