Needing Advice: Care Packages

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 4:34am
phoenixrizing69's picture
Joined: 12/21/2007 - 10:54

I am a college student who will recieve care packages on twice a semester from my church. I love the care packages except I have to give half of the goodies in the package away because of the TN and peanuts in the products directly and the "may contains" warning. I feel bad about giving the food away that I cannot have and I have repeatedly emailed my church's office manager about my allergy but I still get foods that could kill me. Does anyone have any advice as to how else I can let the members of my church know to not put tree nut or peanut products?


Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 5:13am
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

I would call the church manager directly. Perhaps they are not even reading their emails. I would 1)send them a thank you note but 2) tell them over the phone or in person next time you are home that there are many foods that you cannot eat due to your allergy. And while you sincerely appreciate the effort and assure that the food was not wasted (shared with others) that if they were to continue with their generosity that you would appreciate xyz.
And seriously? I cannot believe that your church does this at all, let alone 4x a year?! What a thoughtful community.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 5:34am
phoenixrizing69's picture
Joined: 12/21/2007 - 10:54

My church is quite small around 150 members and the youth makes up a huge part of its membership. My dad is actually an elder at the church so I guess I could try and have him let the other staff know. All of the food is donated by members of the church and then it is divided among at least 20 college-aged adults (I say college-aged because some of the youth go into the military instead.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 5:41am
lj's picture
Joined: 01/26/2006 - 09:00

That is very thoughtful! And, I'm sure they want to give you something you could use.
How about having your Dad ask for a non-food care package for you? Or, for a few small gift cards for places here and there? $5 at Target can go far for a college student. And, it would be lighter for them to mail.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 6:12am
phoenixrizing69's picture
Joined: 12/21/2007 - 10:54

Hmmm....that is a great idea! Unfortunately few people in my church fully understand food allergies and how severe they can be. It definitely would be lighter. I will have to talk to my Dad about that. At the very least it would be helpful to have my dad put in a reminder in the bulletin when food is being donated for care packages for no nuts or peanuts.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2008 - 6:31am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

could you write a thank you note and enclose a " wish list" and put only food that are safe... ( specific brands and such? )


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