At the recent Ribbon of Hope luncheon benefiting Kettering Medical Center Foundation’s Women’s Wellness Fund, featured speaker Christine Clifford told this true story.
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TEN TIPS FOR GOOD GIVING
1. Don’t stand there waiting for the patient to unwrap your present: Let them do it in their own good time — unless it’s food, in which case, tell them what you’ve brought and ask them where they want you to put it.
2. Don’t expect them to taste your homemade chowder this minute.
3. Check their allergies in advance.
4.. Don’t bring food in a dish or container that you want returned.
5. Don’t pressure them to hear, wear, comment on or rave about what you’ve given them.
6. Steer clear of self-help books.
7. Don’t give a tome the size of a car battery to a friend who’s too frail to hold a porcelain teacup. Consider an audio book and earphones.
8. Don’t re-gift the book your uncle gave you for Christmas.
9. When giving a book, match the format to the friend.
10. When visiting someone in the hospital, choose a gift that’s small and light enough for them to take home without hiring a U-Haul.
SOURCE: “How to be A Friend to A Friend Who’s Sick” by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
HOW TO GO
What: Presentation by Will Schwalbe, author of “The End of Life Book Club”
When: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28
Where: Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton
Admission: Free. Register at www.hospiceofdayton.org (upcoming special events)