Chemo Care

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Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • What challenge have you overcome recently and what did you learn from it?

  • As a healthy individual, what is something you might take for granted on a daily basis that you are grateful for?

The Recipient

We have included a list of items in your chemo care 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 Reason

“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.

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

Please follow the instructions on this card to create your own Kynd Code. This Kynd Code will be included in the final kit.

*Make note of your Kynd Code. You will use this code at the end of the project. 

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.

Write a Note to the Recipient

1. Find the following items:
  • Blank card and matching envelope
  • Enclosed materials such as crayons, markers, stickers
2. Write your letter and decorate the card.
  • Use the enclosed materials to decorate the card.
    • Express your encouragement and include a hopeful message.
    • Decorate the front and the inside of the card.
      • Helpful Tips:
        • Do not include a date or year on the letter.
        • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess.
          * Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!
3. Decorate the envelope.
  • Use the enclosed materials to decorate the envelope that will hold your card.
    • Make it colorful and fun. Decorate the front and back of the envelope.
4. Put the completed card in the envelope you decorated. 
  • Include the Kynd Code sheet with the card.

Decorate the Plastic Bag

1. Find the following items:
  • Write-on plastic bag
  • Permanent markers
2. Decorate the plastic bag.
  • The plastic bag is designed to be written on. 
  • Use the enclosed markers to write an encouraging message or draw a picture on the white panel on the plastic bag.

DIY Stress Ball

**We are currently transitioning from this activity. If you do not have these materials, 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!

Worry Stone

** This is a new addition to this kit. If you do not have these materials, please skip this step.
1. Find the following items:
  • Worry Stone
  • Sharpies
  • Drawstring Bag
2. Decorate the drawstring bag
  • Decorate the drawstring bag to put the worry stone in for the cancer patient to then carry around in their pocket. 
* 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.
 

Surprise Kyndness

Go through the pages of the sudoku or puzzle 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 plastic bag and put it back into the original box.
  • Make sure the Kynd Code is included.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  • Warm and comfy clothing
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Moisturizer
  • Blankets
  • Icy cold towel
  • BPA-free water bottle
  • Caffeine-free tea (like Peppermint, Chamomile, Ginger and Lemon Tea)

Delivery Options

  • Keep the bag and give it to someone you know going through cancer treatment.
OR
 
  • Return your completed kit to be distributed to a chemotherapy center or hospital for those battling cancer.

To get a return label, click HERE.

You Did It!

Thank you for building a Kynd Kit!

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Share Your Impact

Post your experience on KyndHub.

KyndHub is an online community that gamifies volunteering, acts of kindness, and gratitude.

  1. Go to KyndHub.com or download the free app.
  2. Create a free account or log in.
  3. Select “I Built a Kynd Kit” from the post menu.
  4. Post about your kit.

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