“The basket is simply a token,” said Gerri Morris, who received a basket after treatment for pancreatic cancer. “Jeana’s ministry is to give you hope, to give you comfort, to help you get through something that you don’t know how you are going to get through.”
Along with presenting the basket, Watenpool talks with patients about their treatments, how they are doing and offers to pray with them.
“There were three other people in the room that day and I’m sure that they heard her praying over me and I bet that they were touched in some way as well,” Morris said.
Morris’ cancer is currently in remission, but she still carries the inspirational card that Watenpool gave her at the hospital room visit in the fall of 2015.
Watenpool, who is a knitter, enlists the help of other knitters to make “prayer shawls.” The knitters pray for the recipient as they make the small blankets.
“We always like to remind our patients … that cancer does not define them,” Watenpool said. “And we always try to give them hope that they will beat this disease.”
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Sean Nolan, is a Mrs. Claus Club recipient of a comfort basket. Sean was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma. Sean attends North Hills High school and his basket was delivered by friend/classmate David Reith December 2017.
Letters From Mrs. Claus Recipients
Jeana, How do I even begin to thank you for your visit! The basket from Mrs. Claus Club was more than generous. The prayer shawl is beautiful! Your kindness and prayers meant so much to me. I feel as if I have known you for a longtime. My Sincere Thanks,
Mrs. Claus Club: I received a beautiful gift basket a few weeks ago and it was overwhelming with such beautiful items. Donna Gallagher submitted my name which was so kind of her. The basket items meant so much to me and made my day. Your kindness was so greatly appreciated. God Bless!
I am so very grateful for not only the basket and prayer shawl but for the opportunity to meet Jeana. She has touched my heart and soul from the moment I met her. You made me feel that she knew what I was going through and how I was really feeling.
What a lovely basket, blanket and pillow. It means a lot to me and will help through this journey. God sent me an angel. God Bless You and thank you very much for your visit.
Thanks so very much for making my day! Sally submitted my name. The books, the prayer shawl, the caps and everything so wonderful! You are truly wonderful doing this for so many of us living with cancer. God Bless,
How do I begin to say thank you for the wonderful box of love and thoughtfulness that I recently received from your organization. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement … Every item in the box was placed there knowing I had a need for these items. I was especially taken back by the beautiful craftsmanship of my pillow and prayer shawl. I feel so blessed that your organization chose me to send a care package to .. Once again thank you from the bottom of my heart. Big Hug for each of you!
It’s people like you who make a diagnosis of cancer bearable and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful gifts, gift card, homemade items, everything was unbelievably wonderful. I’m still pretty sick ..i get my final chemo tomorrow, then I will get another scan and they will determine if the can surgically remove the tumor. I appreciate your prayers so much. Many many heartfelt thanks for some truly wonderful people! With gratitude & love.
I was so inspired and overwhelmed by the love and concern that was shown to me by the visit and basket from your volunteers. Jeana stayed for a beautiful visit and the bountiful basket of thoughtful items blew me away. I was moved to tears throughout the visit. thank you so much for your kindness, time and love.
What a beautiful ministry/mission this is! I am overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness you have shown! thank you so much ~ you made my week! I am so grateful! Sincerely,
Chris got his basket today. Today is treatment #3. Here’s what his wife posted on the CaringBridge.
Journal entry by Angie & Chris Smith — 45 minutes ago
Chris is an overcomer. He has overcome many things since November 30: surgeries, infections, low WBC count, and cancer. We know that with God fighting, the cancer is not an issue. With Him, we can overcome what gets thrown at us.
We are sitting here with chemo session #3. As always, he’s working while getting treatment. (Corey, if you are reading this, I think a raise should be coming Chris’ way.) I do want to thank all he works with for allowing him to work from home during this time. Also for the prayers and other support you have given us. We did receive a package from Ms Claus Club from Pittsburgh. I had to laugh seeing that return address and seeing it was for Chris. Not every day you get a package from Ms Claus. Here it is an organization that does care packages for those fighting cancer and going through chemo. When we opened the card, it gave us the name of who referred Chris’ name. Thank you Mary. That was an awesome thing to open before we had to leave for his treatment.
God has been so good at supplying the support for us when I (in all honesty), didn’t know would be there. I am still learning the “receiving” process since I am more of a giver. Again to everyone, THANK YOU!!
“16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Have a great day!
Mary C Chippich
Mrs. Claus Club,
Thank you so much for the comfort basket! I’m on treatment #4 for my lymphoma and all is going well. The items are not only thoughtful, but very useful too – i never thought about a sleep cap for instance until I lost my hair! it is very handy. I decided to wear scarves and hats during this journey – they are comfy and can be very stylish. I’m embracing the ‘bald” me — i want to give an extra-special thanks to Margaret, who knitted the black hat; Marie, who made the pillow case; and Bev for the gorgeous prayer shawl – i wear it often especially during chemo weeks. My chemo side effects are minimal, so I know it’s working! Thank you so much for your kindness and prayers. Love, Lisa Toboz
Dear Mrs Claus Club,
I wanted to thank you so much for your gift that arrived on Wednesday. It was certainly unexpected and very much appreciated. Everything included in the box was not only useful, but also well thought out as I go through this journey.
In the middle of October, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, which had also spread to my optic nerve. I had a raspy voice that had developed over the summer that would not go away. After a series of visits to PCP and Walk In Clinics, as well as Speech Therapists, I went to a pulmonologist who discovered my cancer. I have always been healthy and athletic. Any the time of my diagnosis I was typically walking 3 miles a day, doing Yoga and playing golf. Two months later, after 13 rounds of radiation to my head and optic nerve, I was in an ICU on 9 L of Oxygen.
I have been fortunate to be placed in a clinical study at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. They have put me on a drug that was only FDA approved in May. It is a drug that targets the DNA of the cancer, and they are very optimistic that this drug will have a successful outcome. Their optimism helps to keep me optimistic. They say it is perfect for my kind of cancer. I do have to say that after that low point in ICU, I am doing better. I am now with help able to transfer from bed to wheelchair and my oxygen usage is down to 3 L.
If there is a positive to any of this, it’s that I have learned how many true friends I really have and I am so appreciative in the way they all have responded. We live in FL most of they year, but we also have a place in Pittsburgh where we typically spend several of the summer months. Our churches in Pittsburgh and here in Florida have been so supportive and both congregations are praying for me. Additionally several neighbors have also added me to the prayer lists in their churches and synagogues. We have had neighbors calling, and bringing food, and family members have put their lives on hold to assist in my care. All of this has been great. However, this gift from a group of women that I don’t even know is exceptional.
Please tell everyone there how much this was appreciated, and ask them all to pray for my recovery.
Thanks again for all you do.
The box I received from Mrs. Claus Ministry was such a surprise!!! The items are all usable for me. Thanks for the lovely prayer shawl (Rose Alioto). The Lord is in charge of my recovery!! The $50 Trader Joe’s is a great gift. The cookbook has a wealth of information along with great recipes! Sincerely God Bless!!
I LOVED the comfort basket!!! I couldn’t think to add or take away any of the items. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning as I opened each item. The knitted basket was very nice, as was all the beautiful handmade pieces. Thank you for putting a smile on my face and the love I felt in my heart!
I am so grateful that Sue Karn offered up my name and for the Mrs. Claus Club for the generous package I received, with so many items. What a blessing for all that your ministry does. This has been a tough journey, but I have been so blessed with the love of family and friends. I have many prayer warriors out there lifting me up each and every day. Thank you for this beautiful gift of giving.
P.S. Thank you for the books.
Thank you to everyone involved in the Mrs. Claus Club! What a surprise it was to get the box full of everything needed to get through this difficult time of breast cancer. There were necessary things, things to comfort and soothe, and things to lift up the spirit. You cared for not just the physical but also the emotional side of this disease. Your thoughtfulness is really appreciated. The shawl is beautiful (thank you Pat Way), with even the prettiest of buttons showing the care with which it was made. A bright cheery pillowcase, port pillow, a bracelet that makes me think about how many others are struggling with so many types of cancer — and all the many other items … thank you !
Everything you could possibly need. Thank you for being there for us.
Please accept my donation to replenish the gifts.
Open Letter from Phil’s Daughter
Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the Mrs. Claus Club! I thought you would appreciate seeing my dad with his basket! This was in Monroeville at his 3rd Chemo appointment. I try and meet my parents there to keep them company. Really I figure if I am there talking with Mom then Dad will rest during the treatment! It works well. It was great because my mom forgot his blanket and pillow so I had them open the basket right there! He used the beautiful lap blanket and the pillow! Then my Mom and I played cards while Dad slept. My parents where truly thankful for all the great things in the basket and overwhelmed by the Panera gift card too!
You are a special person for providing not only the items that are very useful but more importantly the prayers and words of encouragement.
Thank you so much!
God Bless you!
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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