SUPPORT WITH FOOD STAPLES – to keep the basics on hand

  • Uncooked pasta, rice, grains
  • Tea/coffee
  • Breakfast Items (bagels, cream cheese, yogurt, granola)
  • Lunch items for children
  • Snack Items for children
  • Special Drinks (apple cider, juice, sparkling water)
  • Fresh Milk
  • Fresh Fruits

OFFER HOUSEHOLD STAPLES – to help lessen the need for frequent errands

  • Toiletries (hand soaps, lotions, Chapstick)
  • Toilet Paper
  • PaperTowels
  • Plastic Storage Containers
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Paper plates
  • Disposable containers (for sharing meals)
  • Garbage Bags
  • Diapers/wipes
  • Diapers/wipes
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Tissues
  • Treats for family pets

OFFER PERSONAL SERVICES – to make their lives a little gentler

  • Transportation to treatment
  • Mow their lawn
  • Maid service/cleaning
  • Rake their Yard
  • Pet Sitting
  • Extra freezer space for food gifts
  • Clean-up after dinner, clean kitchen
  • Housesit during funeral and clean while the family is out of the house
  • Greet visitors
  • Plan a birthday party, if a child in a family has a birthday during the time.
  • Laundry (pick it up and deliver clean/folded)
  • Arrange for childcare (pre-pay ten or twenty hours of babysitting)
  • Take food to the hospital or chemo treatment
  • Offer the gift of time for anything that’s needed


  • Stamps
  • Blank cards
  • Gift Cards for Groceries
  • Gift Cards to Target
  • Gift Cards to Lowe’s or Home Depot
  • Gas Gift Cards
  • Gift Card to Hospital Parking Garage or Cash/Rolls Coins for Parking
  • Gift Certificates/Cards to restaurants near home or hospital
  • Travel Toys or Gift bag for Children (coloring books, crayons, card games)
  • Soothing Candle
  • Magazines
  • A Plant to Remind Them You Are Thinking of Them
  • Arrange for Weekly Groceries for a Month


  • Visit, Sit and Listen in the weeks and months that follow
  • Leave a message to let them know you haven’t forgotten
  • Send Encouraging Notes
  • Give Hugs
  • Talk About Their Loved One, Fond Memories
  • Send a note with a special memory of their loved one
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