Cancer Treatment Comfort Kit

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Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • What is something about your health that you are grateful for and why?

  • What is something you take for granted on a daily basis that you are grateful for?

The Recipient

“What can I do to help?” Cancer caregivers – family and friends of cancer patients – want to provide meaningful support but often times are at a loss for what to say or do. In fact, there are a lot of different things you can do to help your loved one through chemotherapy or “chemo” and other treatments.
 
Chemo care kits are packages that contain different items – both for comfort and entertainment – that a loved one might need and want during treatments.

The Reason

We have included a list of items in your cancer treatment comfort kits that could help a patient before, during, and after treatment based on the unexpected side effects from the treatment. Because different people react differently to treatments, we have provided a variety of items. The smallest things can make a world of difference for someone going through chemo or cancer treatment. Create a Cancer Treatment Comfort Kit and include a card to lift their spirits.

Unpack the Box

  • Take everything out of the box.
  • Lay everything out so you can find what you need to build the kit.

Create Your Kynd Code

* We are currently transitioning out of this step. If your kit has a reference to a Kynd Code, please disregard.

Register Your Kit to Follow It's Journey

*Starting on April 4th, we have implemented a QR code/serial number process. If you do not have a QR code on the inside of your box, please disregard this step. This QR code will be blue and has a serial number starting with KK underneath it. See example image below.
1. Locate the QR Code serial number on your Kynd Kit
  • If you have a classic kit, it will be located on the plastic bag inside the kit
  • If you have Plus or Max kit, it will be located on the inside of the box. 
2. Go to kit registration page 
  • If you are using your phone, open your camera and scan the QR code
  • If you are using your computer, click this link below and enter the serial number listed below the QR code
    • Code starts with KK 
Click here to go to kit registration page
3. Register your kit
  • Fill out the requested fields 
  • By providing this information, you will be notified when your kit is returned to Project Helping and when it is distributed to those in need 

*We will not use your information for anything besides notifying you of your Kynd Kit progress. 

4. When you have completed registering your kit, please return to this page to continue building your kit. 
5. Please ensure you include your QR serial code when returning your kit so we can scan it when we receive it.
6. You can visit kyndkit.org at any time to check the status of your Kynd Kit. 
 

Find the Kynd Card

This is for you to spread extra kyndness to someone in your own life.  Consider writing a note to a friend, loved one, or colleague that you are grateful for.  Address the note and send it in the mail or give it to someone in person.

DO NOT include this in the finished kit.

Completed Kynd Kits go all over the world. As you customize your kit, please refrain from using any religion or political content.

Write a Note to the Recipient

1. Find the following items:
  • Blank card and matching envelope
  • Enclosed materials such as crayons, markers, stickers, etc.
2. Write your letter and decorate the envelope.
  • Use the enclosed materials to write a letter and decorate the envelope.
    • Express your encouragement and include a hopeful message.
      • Helpful Tips:
        • Do not include a date or year on the letter.
        • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess.
        • Use appropriate humor

* Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!

3. Put the completed card in the envelope you decorated. 
  • Include the Kynd Code sheet with the card
  • Please DO NOT lick the envelope shut

Decorate the Canvas Tote

1. Find the following items:
  • Canvas Tote
  • Markers
2. Decorate the canvas tote:
  • Use the enclosed markers to decorate the tote.
  • Make the canvas tote fun and colorful.
     
    *Kit Builder Tip: place a piece of paper in the bag before drawing on the outside. This way the marker will not bleed through the other side of the bag.

Decorate the Journal

1. Find the following items:
  • Journal
  • Markers
2. Decorate the journal:
  • Decorate the front, back, inside front, and inside back cover of the journal with a picture or uplifting message.
  • Use random pages in the journal to write short uplifting messages, draw small colorful images, or create fun writing prompts for the recipient.

Worry Stone

* Worry stones are smooth, polished rocks used for relaxation or anxiety relief to help one feel grounded. The stone is meant to be kept in one’s pocket. The physical act of massaging a worry stone for several minutes is proven to provide therapeutic & psychological benefits that help soothe your nervous system, reduce stress and anxiety, and help clear your mind so you can focus and think clearly.
1. Find the following items:
  • Worry Stone
  • Markers
  • Drawstring Bag
2. Decorate the drawstring bag
  • On one side of the drawstring bag write an inspirational or calming word
    • Examples: hope, love, grow, breathe, dream, courage, wonder 
  • Decorate the opposite side of the drawstring bag with a picture 
  • The bag will be used to put the worry stone in for the essential worker to then carry around in their pocket. 

Tip: place a piece of paper in the bag before drawing on the outside. This way the marker will not bleed through the other side of the bag.

DIY Affirmation Cards

*This is a new addition to this kit. If you do not have these items, please skip this step.
1. Find the following items:
  • Small Blank White Cards
  • String 
  • Permanent markers, colored pencils, etc. 
2. Write a special affirmation message on each card. 
  • Some good examples of affirmations include:
    • You are strong. You are brave. You are worthy. 
    • I am enough. 
    • The point of life is growth, not perfection.
    • I choose to see my life through a lens of gratitude. 
    • Your voice matters. 
    • Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love. 
    • My potential to succeed is limitless. 
    • Make today beautiful. 

*Kit Builder Tip: Feel free to use your own favorite affirmations or search the internet for inspiration.

3. Loop the piece of string through the hole punched cards and tie a knot to secure them together. 

DIY Stress Ball

*We are currently transitioning from this activity. If you do not have these items, please skip this step.
1. Find the following items:
  • Three balloons
  • Two Play Dohs
  • Scissors (not provided)
2. Combine both Play-Dohs.
  • Take the Play-Dohs out of the containers.
  • Roll both Play Dohs into one large ball.
3. Cut the stem off of one of the balloons.
4. Take the ball of Play-Doh that you just created and insert it into the balloon that you just cut the stem off of.
5. Add a second balloon layer.
  • Cut the stem off of a second balloon.
  • Stretch the balloon over the ball in the opposite direction of the first balloon.
6. Final balloon layer.
  • Do not cut the stem off of the third balloon.
  • Stretch the third balloon over the ball.
7. Tie a knot in the stem of the balloon.
8. Cut off the excess stem of the balloon.
  • You now have a completed stress ball! Good work!

Surprise Kyndness

Go through the pages of the journal, adult puzzle books, and coloring book, and write uplifting messages, draw small colorful images, or create fun writing prompts for the recipient.

Pack the Kit

  • Pack all of the materials into the decorated canvas tote and put it back into the original box.
  • Make sure the Kynd Code is included.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  • Games and activity books
  • Stamps
  • Snacks
  • Craft and art supplies
  •  Self care items 
  • Any additional items you would like to add
Items not to include: 
  • Perishable items
  • Sharp objects
  • Nut food products
  • Religious or political items
  • Alcohol

Delivery Options

  • Deliver your completed kit to a local hospital or someone you know going through cancer treatment.

OR

  • Return your completed kit to be distributed to a local hospital.
     
    To get a return label, click HERE.

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  • If your company offers a Dollars for Doers program, you can submit the time you spent building your Kynd Kit to benefit Project Helping. 

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