Supporting our friends with children who are inpatient or sick during the Christmas holidays can be incredibly meaningful to them. Here are some ways to offer comfort and care over the holidays:
Gifts and Care Packages: Consider creating care packages filled with comforting items like blankets, books, toys, puzzles, art supplies, or festive decorations to bring some holiday cheer to the hospital room.
Meal Assistance: Coordinate meal deliveries or gift cards for food delivery services to ensure the family has warm meals during their hospital stay. Many families appreciate this support during stressful times..
Provide Emotional Support: Sometimes, just being present and offering emotional support can make a significant difference. Offer to spend time with the family, listen to their concerns, or provide a comforting presence during this challenging time.
Coordinate Childcare or Pet Care: Offer to help take care of their other children or pets so that the family can focus on being with their sick child without additional worries.
Create a Support Network: Reach out to friends, family, or the community to create a support network for the family. This can involve a schedule for visiting, providing meals, or simply offering encouragement and prayers.
Provide Practical Help: Assist with everyday tasks like grocery shopping, laundry, or running errands for the family, easing their burden during this stressful time.
Offer Transportation Assistance: Provide transportation or gas cards to help with travel to and from the hospital, especially if the family lives far away.
Remember to respect the family's wishes and any hospital regulations when offering help. Your support and kindness during this difficult time can make a world of difference for a family with a sick child during the holiday season. And thank you for thinking of us. This is one of the hardest times of year to be inpatient.