by Joy Coetzee
Some of the items donated to Hospice this year
World Cancer Day is a global observance that helps raise people’s awareness of cancer and how to prevent, detect or treat it. This event is held on February 4 each year.
Comfort bags include things like a teddy bear, knitted hat, scarf, pen and stationery, pillow, hand sanitizer wipes, lip gloss, body lotion, baby powder, a bag for aromatherapy and a prayer angel.
Some items like the teddy bear are simply for emotional comfort. Others fill a need -- the socks, the hat and scarf -- that newcomers to chemotherapy often don't realize they will have.
While the items in the bag are welcome, the most important element of the gift "is knowing that someone cares."
How to knit the perfect chemo cap:
This group is intended primarily for the Ladysmith area and surrounds, but please feel free to still join in and then arrange collection points in your own area for your Hospice, Cancer Centre or Oncology Hospital.
Donations of handmade or bought items are welcome and will be given to Hospice to be gifted to patients free of any charge.
Please deliver to Foto First, 180 Murchison Street, Ladysmith, on or before 4 February 2011.
Please help us.
Your support makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.
Happy crafting / buying,
Joy Coetzee - THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP