What to send to someone in rehab?
September 11, 2012 7:50 AM Subscribe
Someone who I have never met personally but who has been very generous with me in the past is in an inpatient rehab facility (for alcohol). I'd like to send her a care package. What the heck should I include?
posted by SeedStitch to human relations (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This person is the adult daughter of a work friend. She's experienced a lot of upheaval in her life in the last two years and ended up moving with her two kids into my coworker's house. When she heard we were becoming foster parents, she sent us all of the duplicate stuff they ended up with when she moved in with her mom - and the stuff she sent filled an SUV twice. We got easily a thousand dollars' worth of baby and little kid gear (bouncers, swings, monitors, a Sleep Sheep, a Boppy, a Bumbo, bins of clothes), most of it in perfect shape. She wouldn't take a dollar for any of it.
I'd like to send her a care package. I've spoken to my friend about it and she thinks it's a great idea; when I asked about items NOT to send, she said nothing with alcohol (duh) or caffeine (wouldn't have thought of that). I can't find a website for the facility, so I couldn't find a detailed list of "things not to send."
My thoughts so far are to send the following things or types of things:
- Really nice lip balm and lotion.
- A fancy-ass notebook and a nice pen.
- Some nice bamboo knitting needles and decent yarn, already cast on for a scarf. (My friend says the daughter is "learning to knit" and in my experience casting on is the hardest thing to learn.)
- Fuzzy socks.
- Sudoku or crossword puzzle books.
- A bag of non-chocolate candy like Starburst or Skittles or something.
- A jar of homemade apple butter.
- A book? (No idea what her tastes in books are, and I don't want to send her something that screams YOU'RE IN REHAB like one of those godawful Chicken Soup books, so suggestions for a book would be great.)
I have very, very limited knowledge of day-to-day life in rehab, so if you have any insight I'd be glad to hear it. Is anything on my list a terrible idea? Is there anything else that would be totally perfect? What am I not thinking of?