Sometimes, we want to show our love and sympathy to someone who’s hurting but we just don’t have the words.
Even if you don’t know what to say, you can put together a cheer-up care package that will bring someone out of a bad day and show you care.
Give them sunshine in a box to brighten their day! You’ll find fun box of sunshine ideas and printables to get you started.
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When one of the ladies in my bible study group got the devastating news that she had breast cancer, we all banded together and set a meal schedule for her and her family. I didn’t know her well but as I thought about what I was going to cook, I figured it would be kind to bring some light into such a dark time in her life.
What to put in your sunshine box
I choose to use a regular shipping box and wrap it in yellow wrapping paper. But I’d encourage you to think outside the box. Any yellow container will do. You could choose a yellow gift bag, a pretty basket with yellow filler, or even a yellow sand pail.
To fill the box, I bought every yellow item I found. From a silly emoji toy, hand cream, Carmex and a plastic lei to delicious Toblerone chocolates, banana chips, lemonade, yellow m&ms, and even yellow nail polish.
Other things you can include that are yellow or you can find with a yellow packaging:
- A bag of chips (Lay’s)
- A little pack of Tissues
- Lemon Tea
- Juicy Fruit
- Wheat Thins Crackers
- Orange Juice
- Yellow Playdoh
- A can of Fanta
- Bath bombs
- Paper drinking straws
- Eye mask
- Emoji erasers
- Gold Fish
I wrapped the lot in yellow tissue paper and placed them in my yellow wrapped “sunshine” box.
Sunshine box printable cards
Then I designed the cheeriest sun I could muster and used it to create sunshine printables to bring a smile to her face.
Now in remission, she has thanked me repetitively over several months. I had no idea the impact that simple gesture would have on her.
If you know someone who’s hurting, a sunshine box is a very easy, inexpensive, and thoughtful way to brighten their day!
It’s a great gift to convey sympathy for a friend who’s feeling blue, hurting, has cancer or grieving a loss.