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Can We Help Our College Students Be More Empathetic?Marybeth Bock, MPH
Thanksgiving is a family-oriented holiday, and if your student has to stay in their college town for Thanksgiving this year like I do, they might be pretty bummed about it.
Here are some things to include in a care package to help your student have a homey Thanksgiving away from home!
If your student is in the dorms, or just simply doesn’t want to buy and cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner for a few people, look into local restaurants and grocery stores’ pre-cooked meals. All your student will have to do is pick it up (better yet — have it delivered) and warm up the feast!
These can be anything from your homemade pumpkin bread, apple cider cookies, or any sweet treat you’d usually have waiting for them when they arrive home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Share some recipes with them and offer to walk them through the process over video call!
If your student is used to coming home to a fully decorated house, send some fun decorations for their space to help it feel like a home away from home. These can also be some fun DIY’s for them to do with roommates.
Fuzzy socks are a staple for the holiday season. Send your student some holiday-themed socks or some in their favorite color to keep them cozy at school.
Mugs are great care package gifts because they’re so affordable and versatile! Pop one into your care package to give your student something novel and fun to use in their morning routine. Maybe throw in some of their favorite tea or coffee as a bonus.
If your student loves your homemade apple cider, send them some apple cider packets so they can have some warm apple cider on a chilly day.
Candles can make any room cozy and inviting, especially during the holiday season. Send your student one of their favorite fall scents to enjoy while sipping on their apple cider.
If your student is spending Thanksgiving in the dorms, candles may not be allowed, but if they have an essential oil diffuser, you can still send them some fall scents to enjoy. Pop some fall-scented fragrance oils into the care package so they can safely enjoy their favorite fall scents. I’d suggest putting them in a plastic bag before packaging to keep everything else oil-free in case of a leak.
Is your student's campus in a northern state? Send them a cute hat to wear when as brace for chilly winter temperatures.
Fall begins the time of dry, cracked skin that doesn’t quit until spring. Throw in your student's favorite hand lotion to keep their hands crack-free through the end of the school year.
Although your student may not be able to have a traditional holiday at home this year, these items will help them feel warm and loved — which is what Thanksgiving is all about.
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