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Care Packages – Because Sometimes They Get Sick

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You can close the distance with care!

I don’t know about you but, when they call to say they are sick, the miles between home and school seem even longer. My daughter was very sick during the spring semester. For days, she could barely get out of bed. So I checked on her frequently throughout the day and even offered to drive up if she needed me there. This was not an everyday cold — she felt as miserable as she sounded. But she said she would be fine, hung on and stuck it out, and stayed in bed for over a week.

You would be amazed at how quickly a care package can get to them. (UPS can generally overnight from one Florida destination to another.) Depending on what is ailing them, even the simplest of care packages can feel so good. Fill one with soft tissues, lozenges, some Kind or similar protein bars, a few fun teas, Emergen-C, Sudafed, Clorox wipes, and soft, fuzzy socks. Add some homemade brownies for them to look forward to eating as they improve. I always send my daughter back to school with both frozen homemade chicken soup and her favorite canned variety because I know at some point, she will need some. She’s also been known to share with friends when they need similar care-taking.

For Your Sick Student

For those of you that think a little matzoh ball soup can cure anything, and you didn’t send any for your student’s freezer, Chabad Jewish Student & Community Center has chicken soup for your ailing student. (You don’t have to be Jewish to order from here.) And if soup is the route you want to take, many students love the chicken soup from Mi Apa Latin Café, Panera, Sweetberries and Crane Ramen (they deliver from 352delivery) Nationally, there is Spoonful of Comfort. They have other feel-good offerings, too, serving them up with the motto, “Love by the Spoonful.” Truth be told, I hear that chicken soup can heal anything.

If they are really too weak or infectious to shop for themselves, there are a number of delivery companies that will bring them what they need, too. Check out Seamless, as well as our blog featuring all the delivery company options. There are also a few other companies that have pre-made “Get Well” baskets and packages. And Etsy has some great care packages with lip balms, candles and herbal rubs, teas and more.

A new favorite for some cute cheer-me-up is Greetabl. It allows you to send thoughtful and personalized get well gifts — a bit more than a card and more personal than flowers. And 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.

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.

Having said all that, nothing cheers up any college student more than a handwritten letter from home. So, no matter what else you send, add one of those, too. I usually like to send it with a silly or snuggly photo of our cats, because that always brings a smile to all our faces.

Care packages when they are sick can make you both feel better. You may also want to take a look at our Sick at School blog in case they need to be seen by a doctor, will be missing class, or need to notify their professor of their illness.

So everybody, GET WELL QUICKLY!

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