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"Baskets of Love"

Written by Sue, Tuesday, February 12, 2019                rain/clouds temps. 50's

Do you know of someone who is either living in an assisted living facility,  someone who is facing surgery or other medical procedures, that limit their activities?

I have this great idea to make their convalescence time more enjoyable, I call them, "Baskets of Love".

I have had the privilege to make and give three this month. I am showing two of them, as I forgot to take a photo of #three, which went to a friend who is now living in an assisted Living facility!

Here is the fun part, the recipient can only open "One" gift a day,  thus making the anticipation even more fun!

This one went to my dear friend, Frances, who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. She has been quite ill, please pray for her, (she has given me permission to call her name., and ask for prayer.)
 This basket went to someone very dear to my heart too, my sister, who is also recovery from breast surgery! We are giving thanks  for a great report! Each day her DH would take a photo of her opening her gift and send it to me! You should have seen the smile on her face, (and mine), I got more enjoyment  than she did, and was sad when the last gift had been opened.

Here are a few suggested items for the "Love Baskets", A soft fragrant candle, small packs of Kleenex tissues, hand sanitizers, bath and body gel and cream, a journal to record their thoughts, soft fuzzy socks, a lovely mug, a box of tea, preferably their favorite, a devotional book, a note pad with pen, a small box of chocolates, I made  cookies and placed then in a mason jar, I also wrapped a jar of jam, a favorite magazine (Life Beautiful). The list is endless, it is amazing how a little bit of money and time  can brings so much Joy!

I found so many items at the Dollar Tree, The Christmas Tree Shop, TJ Max, Marshals,, on sale at some of my favorite retail stores.



Debby@Just Breathe said...

That's a beautiful idea. I will keep your friend in my prayers and I will also pray for your sister. ((Hugs))

NanaNor's said...

Sue, What a blessed thing to do for your friends. I will have to remember this idea. Such thoughtful items that are sure to brighten one's day. Sending you warm hugs today. Thank you for your sweet comment yesterday!

Farm Girl said...

I have done those and its so true, I think I got more enjoyment out of them than the person I gave them too. I am glad you wrote about it because its a nice reminder to do it again. I gave some of the same things too.
I really love this idea.
Have a wonderful day Sue and I will be praying for your friend.

Vee said...

A very loving thing to do. ♥️ Wonderful ideas. Saying a prayer for your sister and Beverly to have a return to excellent health.

Barb said...

Hi Sue~

What a blessing you are! I love that you got more enjoyment than the beautiful person you gave the basket to...there is so much joy in service!! Thank you for the suggestions, this is something I would love to do. My mother was in a memory care facility for over 6 years, and she loved getting thoughtful gifts from friends! Frances will be in my prayers! Bless you, Sue!

Hugs and Love,

ellen b. said...

A wonderful way to serve one another and to bear one another's burdens. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

happyone said...

What a wonderful idea and such a blessing.

Mrs.T said...

This is a lovely idea, Sue. Someone did that for me years ago when I was in the hospital and it really was fun opening up the various gifts. I love your ideas for items to include!

Pam Richardson said...

Sue, what a beautiful and sweet idea! It isn’t very hard to share love...Happy Valentine’s Day!

Theresa said...

What a wonderful idea! This post made me smile and I can imagine the smiles on the faces of those ladies:) Thanks for sharing this idea, my Sister-in-law is recovering from breast cancer surgery and could use a smile in a basket! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS! Praying for ALL!

Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

What a beautiful, thoughtful idea! I'm sure you bring such joy to those who are going through such a difficult time. If you can bring a smile to their face or simply distract them from their worries for even a minute, then it's absolutely worth it all! You have such an amazing, giving heart!

I'm a new follower here!
God bless you! Net

Cranberry Morning said...

Sure, that is a fantastic idea!! And opening them one day at a time makes it last longer. So fun! My cousin did that for me when I had kidney stone surgery once. It was so special! (Not the kidney stone). :-((

Stephanie said...

Oh Sue, what a precious and beautiful thing to do for others. I simply love this idea. You have a heart of gold, my friend.

Thank you for the incredibly sweet comment on my blog this morning. It's always a joy to hear from you. Have a blessed day! Hugs!

Debby Ray said...

Sue, what a wonderful thing to bless their dear hearts! I love the idea of opening a gift a fun! Prayers for your friend and your sister as one of my own dear sisters has recently gone through it as well. I agree, it blesses the giver just as much or even more. Hugs!

Barbara said...

Beautiful baskets with such inspiration for us. Thank you! That angel doll is adorable!!

Mari said...

I love this! Our church has been collecting these types of things for baskets for people in the hospital, but I think I should start looking for things like this to give on my own. I'm sure they really do bless those who receive them.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

I love your idea of doing for others. I am going to suggest we do something similar with my Sunday School class. Happy Valentine's Day. Linda in Tennessee

Nancy's Notes said...

OH my goodness Sue, what a special treat for your friends. You are such a sweetheart, I know they loved feeling so special! Great post.

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