5 ways to help friends in crisis mode

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5 ways to help a friend in crisis-mode

A couple of weeks ago some friends of ours had their baby 14 weeks early.  Thankfully she is doing well, but it has thrown their lives into a new kind of chaos.

It made me start thinking and brainstorming things we, along with some of our other friends, could do for them, and I thought I’d share some of the ideas we came up with here in case it might help anyone else who is looking for something to do for a friend going through a crazy/scary time in life.

1. Home cooked meals

This is just what we do in the South.  Someone has a baby, we bring them a meal.  Someone dies, we bring them a meal.  Someone has surgery, we bring them a meal.  I think it’s great to bring a hot meal, but I also love bringing already frozen meals that they can just put in their freezer to pull out when they need them.

Some of my favorite freezer meals are mushroom lasagna and pizza pasta.  But things like pulled BBQ pork or chicken in a freezer bag or chocolate quinoa muffins that could be eaten fresh or put in the freezer are great, too.

2. Toilet Paper and Paper Towels

This was an idea from my mother-in-law, who heard it from someone else.  And if you think about it, it makes perfect sense.  Because who is going to think to go buy paper towels when there is a crisis going on?  But I think any household staple could apply here: household cleaners, toothpaste, some shampoo and soap–anything that you would hate to realize you’re running out of when the last thing you have time or energy for is running to the store.

3. Fast Food Gift Cards

Because when you’re in crisis mode, grabbing fast food can sometimes be the easiest thing to do.  And in our particular case the past few weeks, we know our friends are going to be traveling back and forth to the hospital for awhile and will sometimes need to grab food on the go.

4. Gas Gift Cards

Especially great when a lot of travel will be involved.  Once again, we know our friends are going to be making a lot of trips to the hospital, and we thought a gift card for gas would be helpful.

5. Paper Plates and Plastic Silverware and Cups

I’m usually a big advocate for not using paper products so as to reduce waste/be a good steward of our resources.  But if there is a time in life to use paper products to eat and drink from, a crisis would be it.  Because who wants to do dishes during a stressful time?

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