Making Care Bags for Mother's Day

A Fun and Easy Way to Help our Neighboring Seniors

You may be aware that our local senior living facilities are in complete lockdown, meaning no one can visit, and the elderly cannot leave their apartments/rooms, not even to eat! To keep them safe, they are not allowed to go to the dining room, and their meals are being delivered to them. This is causing many seniors extreme emotional distress (as you can imagine!) The lockdown is also taking a toll on the care staff who deserve appreciation always, but even more so in these unsettling times.
 
The St. Josaphat Shelter in Faith Team wants to lift the spirits of the residents and the workers of Symphony (Southport & Fullerton) and the Little Sisters of the Poor St. Mary’s Home (Lakewood between Fullerton and Belden). Would you (and your families) be willing to create a few individual gallon-size zip top “care bags” that we could deliver to brighten their day?
 
Be creative! This could be a great project to fill the long hours at home. Remember that the elderly are missing their families and friends. They are very down emotionally. What can you include to lift their spirits? What would you, your parents or grandparents like?
 
Ideas for Senior Care Bags
Gallon size zip top bag to contain:
-Personal note of encouragement
-Home-made item like a cookie, brownie or muffin
-Snack packs (pretzels, chips, crackers, candy)
 
Ideas for Staff Care Bags
Gallon size zip top bag to contain:
-Personal thank you note
-Home-made item like a cookie, brownie or muffin
-Snack packs (pretzels, chips, crackers, candy)
-$5 Dunkin, Burger King or Starbucks Gift Card (optional)
 
We would like to collect 250 bags for residents and 100 for staff. Please only consider participating if everyone in your family is healthy and free from illness.
 
If you are interested in helping us, please reach out to parishioners Kelly Smith or Laura Burstein. All gift bags should be dropped off at Kelly’s or Laura’s houses by Thursday, May 7.  Care Bags will be delivered on Friday, May 8 in time for Mother's Day.