Cancer Care Package


It’s the one word no one ever wants to hear.

Sadly, we heard it a couple of months ago when we found out G’s aunt Anne (whom Kate lovingly refers to as her “Aunt Mimi”) was diagnosed with cancer.

From two states away it’s hard to know how to help.  With more than 300 miles between us we can’t exactly stop by to drop off a lasagna, clean a bathroom, or do the grocery shopping.  One thing we could do, however, was send her a little cheer.

I decided to put together a care package filled with wholesome homemade snacks for Aunt Anne and her family, and topped it off with a “hug” from Kate!

First I gift-wrapped the inside of a box with colorful striped wrapping paper, and then I filled it with homemade veggie muffins, baked oatmeal muffins, and granola bars.  Next, Kate and I busted out the finger paints!  Kate painted a picture and then we made purple painted handprints of each of her hands.  I trimmed each of her handprints out and cut her picture into strips.  I glued the strips together and wrote, “Sending you a great big hug!  Feel better soon, Aunt Mimi!” Then I folded them accordian style so they would pop out when Anne opened the box.  I glued the message to the left and right sides of the box and topped them with Kate’s handprints.

Then end result?  A hug in a box!

Have a loved one going through difficult time?  Send them a hug in a box!

Our care package brightened Anne’s day just like we hoped it would.  Even more importantly, she continues to stay strong and positive, and each day brings her closer to recovery.

We love you Aunt Mimi!


  1. 1

    sending big prayers to your family, D… are a truly special person to think of sending her a hug like that!

  2. 2

    This is adorable. It’s easy to see how a hug in a box could brighten someones day. It’s such a sweet gesture, especially for someone so close to you & Kate and someone going through such a difficult journey.
    “Aunt Mimi” is in my thoughts and prayers.

    because of Him,

  3. 3

    Such a great way to send your love across the distance. I hope that she continues to recover and stay strong during this difficult time. Sending a virtual hug to you, Anne and your families.

    On a different note…thanks for the links to the recipes. If it’s G&D approved, it’s bound to be tasty.

  4. 4

    You are so creative – and thoughtful! Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5

    So thoughtful and great. My mom is currently battling cancer card is so greatly appreciated by her.

  6. 6

    Thank you so much everyone. I especially appreciate the positive thoughts and prayers being sent to G’s aunt Anne! We hate that she has to go through these damn chemo treatments, but she is such a vibrant and lovely person and we know she’ll be back to 100% soon!

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    Carla B. says:

    Lots of prayers & positive vibes for Aunt Mimi!

  8. 8

    Thank you so much Carla!

  9. 9

    Prayers go out to “Aunt Mimi.” May she be recovered 100% soon!

  10. 10

    I love this. Such a creative way to send smiles (and hugs) to someone who really needs it. It’s also a great way to get kids involved and teach them about compassion and empathy. Hope your Aunt is better soon!

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