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Girl Scout Troop 85074 with warm hats they made for Hospitality Homes via PGK in Boston. (Photo courtesy of Hospitality Homes)


Comfort the Sick

When you’re well, it’s easy to take your health for granted. 

All us of battle common viruses like the flu or a stomach bug. But some people are battling serious diseases. Just like you want to be cared for when you’re feeling unwell, you can do the same for people fighting major illnesses.

Ready to make a difference?

  • Download the Give Back App (iPhone | Android coming soon!) and find ways to comfort the sick near you
  • Create an account so you can favorite activities and causes, earn points and badges, track your hours, and see your impact
  • Use our our activity finder and choose Comfort the Sick
  • Read on to learn more about this cause…

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Did you know…

36 million+ Americans
go to the hospital every year (3 million are kids) 

1.8 million+
Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year

Grief and depression
are common in people with life-threatening illnesses

Preparing and delivering fresh meals is one way our nonprofit partners help people battling illness.

How can you help?

You don’t have to be a doctor to help the sick in your community feel a lot better. 

  • Make a joke book. Mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand, and laughter can be the best medicine for a lot of people. Learn more.
  • Give a card. Sometimes just knowing someone is thinking about you is enough to lift your spirits. Get started.
  • Help their families. Illness doesn’t just affect the sick person; it affects their whole family. Give time or space to families who are visiting a loved one in the hospital. See how.
  • Deliver a meal. When you’re sick and at home, even something as simple as making a meal can be impossible. Deliver a homemade meal, and make someone’s day a little easier. Start cooking. 
  • Find a cause you love. Pick an issue or project in your community that speaks to you – and speak up. Start your search now.

These are just a few of the inspiring partners we work with to comfort the sick:

  • Hospitality Homes. This group provides short-term, volunteer housing to families visiting sick loved ones at the hospital. (Boston)
  • Mending Kids. Not every country has access to the medical care we do. Mending Kids helps bring this level of care to kids around the world. (International)
  • The Jared Box Project. This group delivers small boxes meant to entertain and lift the spirits of kids in the hospital. (National)
  • There With Care. From groceries to babysitting to help with transportation, they give support services to families facing a medical crisis. (SF Bay Area)


Making Jared Boxes for hospitalized kids.

Keep reading.

Want to comfort the sick in your community? Sometimes the best first step is understanding how someone with a major illness feels. Here’s some books that will help.

The books, websites, charities, and/or other entities we share does not imply explicit endorsement by PGK, nor does PGK have any responsibility for the content provided by other organizations or websites. Content on this site is provided for informational purposes only.


Elementary school readers


Gentle Willow
by Joyce Mills




When Someone is Very Sick
by Jim Boulden



Get Well Soon
by Charlotte Hudson



The Invisible String
by Patrice Karst



Maximo and the Big C: A tale of courage and compassion
by Viji Venkatesh


Middle school readers



Echo’s Sister
by Paul Mosier





Not As We Know It
by Tom Avery




High school readers



My Sister’s Keeper
by Jodi Picoult





Grace: a child’s intimate journey through cancer and recovery
by Melinda Marchiano





Five Feet Apart
by Rachael Lippincott 



Online Resources

Going to the Hospital
What’s it like to go to the hospital? Get an overview of what the experience might look like. Read more.


Big Batch Recipes
For people and families dealing with a medical crisis, cooking might be the last thing on their mind. Make it easy with meals they can freeze and eat all week long. Just always be sure to ask about what they’re allergic to or can’t eat. Here are some ideas. 

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