Donations sought to help area cancer patients

Area residents can help out local cancer patients this month by dropping off donations of warm socks, blankets, books and other items at Herkimer Elementary School.

The school is joining in a community-wide effort to help those receiving treatment for cancer by participating in the Chemo/Radiation Comfort Bag Drive during January. The drive will continue elsewhere in the community through Feb. 28.

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Students, staff, parents and community members are invited to bring donations of personal care items to the elementary school during January. These include items such as warm socks, blankets and hats; lotions and lip balm; magazines, books and playing cards; and herbal teas. A complete list is below.

A table has been set up at the main entrance so items can be dropped off, and students can bring donations with them to school.

The items will be collected and assembled into “comfort bags,” to be given to cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Donations of money are also being collected, which will go toward the purchase of the zippered, pocketed bags that will house the donated items.

This is Herkimer Elementary’s second year participating in the comfort bag drive. According to elementary teacher Dawn McCumber, who helped organize the comfort bag drive at the elementary school, last year’s drive produced close to 500 bags.

For more information about the comfort bag drive, contact McCumber at 866-8562, ext. 2043, or

Suggested Items:
  • Fleece blankets and hats
  • Warm socks
  • Small tissue packages
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Small water bottles
  • Chapstick
  • Small lotions or creams
  • Hard candy or gum
  • Herbal teas
  • Biotene mouth spray
  • Journals and pens
  • Magazines and books
  • Games, puzzle books and playing cards
  • Fake eyelashes
  • Eyebrow pencil liners
  • iTunes and gas gift cards (please deliver directly to staff if donated)