The Harlan Elementary and Middle School leadership classes recently completed a community service project called “Cancer Care Packages.”
Students researched what kinds of items, problems , etc. patients had while taking treatments and what kinds of items were useful and/or soothing to put in care packages for them.
A list of items was made to collect and involved all students and staff kindergarten- through eighth-grade with collections. Fifty care packages were put together.
The following items were collected: Toboggan hats or beanies; scarves; socks with “no-slide” discs on soles; Queasy pops; peppermints; lotion; bottled water; dry mouth rinse, toothpaste and toothbrushes; magazines, word search books, crossword puzzle books, Sudoku books, etc. and mechanical pencils; baby wipes; lip balm; soft lap blankets; stress squeeze balls; coupons for local restaurants; gift cards for restaurants; iTunes cards; motivational reading; uplifting store-bought and/or homemade cards; rainbow loom bracelets.
The 4-H Teen Club made blankets, a local church/youth group (Kelly Street Baptist) donated Bibles, life books and other items on the list.
4-H Extension donated the bags to distribute collected items in. Raymond Cox and Barbara Ledford delivered care packages to the Harlan ARH Infusion Unit to be given to patients when they begin their first treatments.