Mental Health Ministries

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Gift Baskets

Gift BasketsDenise Fletcher has a degree in Recreational Therapy from Minnesota State University wrote me about an idea to develop a "Comfort Kit Basket." Faith communities can put together baskets that could be given to persons with a mental illness such as people in clubhouses, drop-in centers, group homes, psychiatric hospitals, shelters. Different faith traditions can decide what to include in these "Comfort Kit Baskets." Some suggestions are a small pocket Bible and/or a book of Psalms. The free downloadable brochure on "Scriptures for Comfort" could be included. It is available on this website in the Resources section.

Other helpful items would be a journal and pen or a personal hygiene items such as soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb and maybe an attractive hand towel. Cookies, gum or fruit could also be included. Be sure there the items contain no glass or sharp items.

Each faith tradition has devotional materials, books, journals or magazines. Information on the faith community, the hours of worship and a welcoming statement would help persons reconnect to their spiritual life. There are so many possibilities and, for those of us who feel alone and forgotten in our personal darkness, such a basket becomes a source of hope, inspiration and a link to others who care.

Denise Fletcher