Disclosure: this is a sponsored post on behalf of Minute Maid as part of their #doingood campaign. All opinions and projects are 100% mine.
Do you live close to your family? I live nearly 3,000 miles from my parents, which has been stressful given that my father had a heart attack earlier this year. After he had a heart attack, we found out that he had a bad heart valve and would have to have open heart surgery! Without the surgery, he wouldn't be able to even walk down the street without gasping for air, and a further heart attack would be impending. We knew it was something he had to do, even though it was scary. The surgery was scheduled for the end of April.
The surgery made me think a lot about my father and our relationship. He was a great dad, working hard to always make sure that his family of seven had everything they needed. I remember a few times in particular when my dad did some really special things for me. Once, when I was seven, he confronted a group of teenagers that had stolen my bike. He got it back for me. Then another time when I had left for college, he sent me a care package with a toy from my childhood he found online (a Fisher Price “Puzzle Puppy”). He's always been there to talk to me when I need advice, and that means a lot.
Times were simpler back then it seems! I'm 40 years old, and we didn't even have a computer until I was almost graduated from high school – much less social media. Parenting is difficult. Social media and other outside influences and pressures can leave moms and dads with a sense of self-doubt about the job they are doing. We know that is NOT the case, right?! I decided to let my dad know how much I love him and what a great job he did raising me. With the help of Minute Maid, I would send him a “Reverse Care Package” for after his surgery.
Minute Maid recognizes that all parents wonder if they are doing a good enough job. Through their #doingood campaign, Minute Maid is reminding parents of all the wonderful things they do to make a positive difference in their family’s lives on a regular basis. The #doingood campaign is a perfect way to remind YOUR parents what a great job they did with you, and help them overcome any self-doubt they may feel. This reverse care package is just the way to do it! Watch the video below to see what this is all about:
While my care package might not include a “Puzzle Puppy,” it did include some items to help my dad recover and to remind him that he continues #doingood for our family to this day.
Moms and dads are always going the extra mile for us. A reverse care package is just the way to flip the care package tradition and show a parent in your life that you’re thinking of them – and that you know they are #doingood.
DIY Get Well Care Package
Gather These Supplies
- Cardboard box – to fit your items
- Acrylic paint – one color for the outside, one for inside
- Mod Podge Satin
- Scrapbook paper in various colors
- Die cutter or clip art and scissors
- Paint roller
- Duct tape
- Items to fill your box!
While your box is drying, cut out shapes for the sides from scrapbook paper. If you have a die cutter like my Cricut, that makes it easy! Just select the shapes you'd like to use and cut them out. If you don't have a die cutter, never fear! You can still use clip art downloaded from the internet as templates to cut out shapes. Simply print, tape down, and cut with your scissors.
Use Mod Podge Satin (or Gloss or Matte, but I picked Satin) to attach your scrapbook paper pieces to the box flaps.
How will you show your parents that they are #doingood? Head to MinuteMaid.com/carepackage to find even more ways to remind parents they are #doingood!
Extra fun! You could win a magical Walt Disney World vacation from Minute Maid! Visit minutemaid.com/doingood for details. Don't forget to follow Minute Maid on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.
Disclosure: Minute Maid partnered with bloggers such as me for their #doingood program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. Minute Maid/The Coca-Cola Company is not a sponsor, administrator, or connected in any other way with this campaign.