Comfort the Sick

How much time you need (estimated) 2-4 hours
Where it happens

At home (or at school, Scouts, or any other place where you gather with friends)

Who needs to help you Class, Scout troop or family members
When it happens

All year long

What you need
  • Basket or gift bag
  • 1.7 - 3 oz. shampoo and conditioner
  • 1.7 - 3 oz. body lotion
  • 1.2 - 3 oz. hand sanitizer
  • Body wash or wrapped bar of soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Small tube of toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Tissues or Kleenex
  • Deck of cards
  • Gift card to local coffee shop such as Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, Au Bon Pain, etc.
How it helps

The families that come to Boston for medical care come, at times, in an emergency situation, packing only the necessary things they need for the trip. These Welcome Baskets provide relief during those first days of their stay until they feel more familiar with Boston and also help them keep their focus on their loved ones getting treatment. A gift as simple as a few toiletry items show that someone cares.


1. Grab a basket or gift bag large enough to hold your collected items. If needed, decorate the gift bag.

2. Collect the designated items for your basket/bag. You may want to do a drive and ask friends, neighbors, classmates, or others you know to bring a designated item to a birthday or holiday party, or as part of another activity you are participating in. Be sure to specify a date by which all items should be returned (if not collected at a particular event or on a particular day).

3. Arrange all of the collected items in the basket/bag.

4. Consider making a "Welcome to Boston" card to add to your special basket/bag.

5. Mail your completed basket/bag to: Hospitality Homes, 20 Overland St, Suite 204, Boston, MA 02215. Alternatively, contact Denise Duclos at or call 888-595-4678 ext. 1 to arrange a time to drop off your basket/bag.

Nonprofits you can work with

Hospitality Homes

Next Steps

Follow the instructions as outlined. If you have questions or to schedule delivery of your baskets, contact Denise Duclos, Outreach Coordinator, at or at (888) 595-4678 ext. 1.

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