I recently started a Facebook group for ladies who live, work, or kids go to school in Southlake, TX. It was my friend Robin Browne who convinced me to get one started. I am following the model of the Colleyville Moms Facebook group page that she created. Her page is a positive, uplifting, supportive group that has community wide activities, they support local charities, and they also give Joy Bags to Moms who are sick. She is making a difference in her community! I am following her example and started up Joy Bags in the “Moms of 76092” Facebook group. I posted a request for volunteers in the group to get the Joy Bags started and the response has been overwhelming! I am so thankful to live in a community where the ladies want to support and help one another. They are the true example of “loving thy neighbor”.

To get the joy bags started I first went to my gift closet to see what I had on hand. Then I went shopping. I wanted to share what kind of things are helpful for the Joy Bags, so my readers have some ideas to make their own Joy Bags or get-well bags for their friends and family. Here is some of the things I gathered up so far:

I dropped off our first bag this morning and here is what I put in it, so you can see an example:

I asked the team of volunteers who are helping with our Joy Bags for suggestions on what to put in the bags, below is what we collectively came up with. I thought this list can be helpful to anyone who is looking to make a get well bag for a loved one.

  • Cough drops
  • Journal/ Note pad
  • Adult coloring book and colored pencils
  • Paperback books
  • Comfy socks
  • Candles
  • Tea bags
  • Hot Chocolate mix
  • Candy or treats
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Nail care items
  • Slippers
  • Notecards
  • Lotion
  • Deck of Cards
  • Sudoku puzzles or puzzle books
  • Lip balm
  • Granola bars
  • Magazines
  • Kleenex
  • Bath salts or bubble bath
  • Red box movie code
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Chili mix
  • $5 fleece throws
  • Single serving orange juice or apple juice
  • 100 calorie snack bags or any snacks
  • Eye mask
  • Bath bombs
  • Mug, water container, etc.
  • Anything that helps lift a woman’s spirits and feel better- jewelry, beauty products, anything you would like yourself!