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Pictured with members from the community groups are Laurie King, social worker, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport, and Kristen Lorson, development coordinator, Susquehanna Health Foundation. Source: UPMC Susquehanna

The Cardmaking and Scrapbooking Clubs and Classmates of 1974 recently partnered to donate comfort items for patients at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport. The community groups supplied totes full of food, paper products, and toiletries to be distributed to patients.

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In this season of giving – or any other time, really – many people feel compelled to help those in need through donating to charity or making direct gift contributions. The Hillman Center absolutely welcomes in-kind donations and has supplied a list of items that would be more than welcome.

Some examples of gifts that patients can use are:

  • Soft knitted hats
  • Soft non-skid socks
  • Warm blankets and throws
  • Personal items such as hand sanitizer, body and lip moisturizers, and tissues
  • Journals and notebooks with pens
  • Activity books and adult coloring books with colored pencils
  • Decks of cards
  • Bottled water and nutritious snacks

Even small tokens can help the Hillman Center’s patients by letting them know that the community is thinking about them.

Laurie King, a social worker for the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, says that "At a time when a patient is feeling very vulnerable, this support energizes them and renews their courage. Such gifts often are received with tears of gratitude by our patients."

An important thing to remember when donating gifts is that cancer can get to anyone. Most gift donations tend to be products intended for use by women, but the Hillman Center also has men as patients; they would appreciate a gift just as much as the women.

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