A Care Pack Run
There are many things I will take away from our June care pack run to Cancer Specialists of Oklahoma; the ability to pray with two men receiving treatment, reconnecting with a man who recognized us from giving a care pack to his wife at OU Stephenson (who passed away in February). Now this man finds himself in another waiting room to hear news that he most likely has cancer, also the heartfelt tears from a fighter blessed by her handwritten note from a child, and surprised faces from receiving the free gift of a blanket and items needed to fight cancer. So many precious moments, but one of the best parts of this care pack run was the blessing in taking a long time T. Teal volunteer on her first care pack run. Alissa has assembled hundreds of care packs, written countless notes, and tied green tea bags together for hours. It is always a blessing to see volunteers experience one of our care pack runs for the first time. Seeing the nerves wash away as they distribute the carefully assembled packs of love and hope to cancer fighters, and realizing just how impactful the simple gift of a smile and care pack is.
Here is what Alissa had to say about today;
“Over the past year I have supported T. Teal by donating Cancer Care pack items and participating in quarterly Care Pack Parties. At the parties I’ve written notes, decorated gift bags and assembled Cancer Care Packs. I love being involved at the Care Pack Parties, because it brings the community together to help those in need. Today was special because I helped pass out 18 of the care packs that we have assembled, decorated, and prayed over to 18 cancer fighters during their treatment. Passing out blankets and Care Packs brought so many smiles. Seeing the face of a lady touched by reading a note that a middle schooler wrote and hearing a gentleman tell us stories about basketball instead of focusing on the cancer fight, are the moments that I’ll treasure. Bringing a few minutes of comfort and happiness to those who need it. It was a great day!”
Teal is blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers who believe in our ministry of loving one another and who donate their precious time, energy, and resources to spread love and hope to cancer fighters. The ministry is simple, it’s about love and showing love so others can be filled with joy. It’s like the man we reconnected with who lost his wife in February said, “my wife talked about that care pack she received to our friends and family for days, it meant so much to her, and here you are, months later giving me one”.
Thank you Alissa for your early belief in this ministry.
Much Love, Tarah