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Close the distance with some long-distance love.
I don’t know about you, but when they call to say they are sick the miles between home and school seem even longer. However, you would be amazed at how quickly a care package can get to them. (UPS is generally overnight from one Florida destination to another.) Depending on what is ailing them, even the most simple of care packages filled with soft tissues, lozenges, some Kind bars, Emergen-C, a few fun teas, Sudafed, Clorox wipes, cozy socks and maybe some homemade brownies can feel so good.
For those of you that think a little matzoh ball soup can cure anything, the Hillel at FSU at times delivers hot soup to your ailing student. You don’t have to be Jewish to order from here. Please double-check that they are back to deliver as they had to go on hiatus for a while as they simply could not keep up with the volume of requests. And if this is the route you want to take, there is also GrandmasChickenSoup.com. They actually have complete meals as well as soup and other goodies. I hear that chicken soup can heal anything.
If they are really too weak to shop for themselves there are a number of delivery companies that will bring them what they need too. Check out our blog on delivery companies. There are a few other companies that have pre-made “Get Well” baskets and packages as well. Etsy has some great get well soon care packages with lip balms, candles, and herbal rubs, teas, and more). A fresh pair of sweatpants or pajamas can feel pretty nice if they are spending a fair amount of time in bed. Many companies, like Macy’s or Nordstrom, will rush order for a fee. Gap makes these pajamas called print joggers made from a soft, lightweight modal jersey knit. My daughters love them because they are super soft, comfortable and when they are not feeling well, that is usually what I find them wearing- they “borrowed” mine and well, let’s just say, I never saw them again. Make sure you search using the print joggers in modal fabrication. I’ve also been known to send packages from Mouth has a sick care package filled with tea, honey sticks, crackers, and a wellness care package filled with tea and snow honey, fruit jerky, relaxing digestive bitters, healing turmeric elixir, an antioxidant-rich dark chocolate bar, healthy granola, and a hand-made candle.
Locally there are Insomnia Cookies, which should also do the trick. Nothing cheers any college student up more than a handwritten letter from home so no matter what you send, but one of those in there too. I usually like to send it with a print out of our dog, because that always brings a smile to all our faces. And, our new favorite for just a little something, because it is just too cute…Greetabl.
Care packages when they are sick can make you both feel better, you may want to take a look at our Sick At School blog in case they need to be seen by a doctor or will be missing class and need to notify their professor and hope they get well quickly. One last note: No matter what sort of package you send be sure to double-check the mailing address. Too many times we have heard of packages arriving, but never getting to the right recipient.
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