Stories of Kindness from Around the World

When The Patients Asked For Help With Their Beautiful Idea

--by RoseMarie, posted Dec 16, 2017
My beautiful 18-year-old daughter was admitted to psychiatric care. I visited her every day twice a day. She was the only patient who had visitors at every session; some were lucky to have a visitor once a week. 

I was asked by the patients to prepare a Christmas basket on their behalf for the nursing staff, and I was given enough money to put together a luxury basket. My colleague Olive came into my classroom when I was attempting to make the basket while students were out. She could see I was exhausted and unwell as I struggled putting the basket together. Olive took over and made a great job of the basket then carried it to my car.

When I brought the basket to the patients, they were absolutely delighted. I was there when they presented it to the nursing staff; they'd never been given anything like this before and they were so touched and appreciative. It was a beautiful moment as those in psychiatric care acknowledged those who cared for them.

A few days later, I was given a thank you card and a box of chocolates from the patients for helping them with their basket. I can't tell you how touched I was. These were people who were unable to function outside hospital. They were vulnerable people who were unable to look after themselves and were on very high medication yet their hearts still found love and gratitude for the nursing staff and for me.

Olive could also see that I was struggling emotionally and was physically exhausted and she bought me a beautiful Christmas gift. 

This is a great reminder of the importance of love and support. Despite their own vulnerabilities, the patients showed their love to the nursing staff and also to me. I supported the patients even though it was a struggle for me and Olive loved and supported me.

My friends, we are all here to love and serve each other and no matter what our personal situation is, loving and serving others is still possible. If we want to love and serve another but struggle to do so, divine guidance will appear and gently and lovingly support us.
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Readers Comments

kalaa wrote: What a kind and wonderful gesture on your part; you understood the needs of those with mental health needs, something that is so rare. God bless you for your kindness!
Amanda Collichio wrote: Beautiful heartfelt message here to share to the world. ❤️🙏🏻🌻
rickhiker wrote: Thank you so much for loving and serving others, and more importantly reminding us all we need to do the same in what ever capacity we have.
Painiacs wrote: That was beautiful, even in their most vulnerable state they are thinking of others! Isnt:that the kindspring spirit? ! Nurses do their jobs because we love it, long hours so when receive something like a gift basket it's very special! Those are things we remember forever!
subh wrote: Thank you for the beautiful message. Love keeps the world alive.
Eric Nkuru wrote: That great honor and love, all praise to god. Thanks
uma wrote: Thank you for sharing!
moonwalk wrote: So beautiful - thanks as always for your touching posts.
mindyjourney wrote: thank you for reaching out to thank the staff in such a lovely way on behalf of the patients and then to receive help and appreciation in return....yes, that is the TRUE holiday spirit of giving and receiving.
janfour wrote: yes, a full circle of sharing and caring. thank you!!

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