RIS Tote Bag Recipe

Saraina McNamara displaces newly minted RIS Toe Bags

Sarina McNamara displaces newly minted RIS Tote Bags

To make a RIS Sarcoma Patient Tote bag you need care, love, creativity and a few basic ingredients. The purpose of the bags is to let sarcoma patients know that we care about them and want to make their cancer journey a little less painful.

Here is the recipe for RIS Tote Bags now being distributed to new or relapsed sarcoma patients at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Masonic Children’s Hospital, the Mayo Clinic (both adults and children) and the University of Minnesota.

RIS Tote Bag Ingredients

Each RIS Tote Bag includes many necessities for cancer patients such as:

  • New toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand-made blanket
  • Handmade soft pillow case (not hospital white)
  • Warm socks
  • Lip balm
  • Restaurant Gift Cards (chain restaurant gift cards preferred, i.e., Dairy Queen, McDonalds …)
  • Coloring book with colored pencils (adult or children’s versions)
  • Willow Tree Angel
  • Toys for Children Tote Bags

In addition, we categorize the bags into the following groups: children (0-10), teen girls, teen boys, adult men, and adult women. Each bag will be a little different as this program is new and we are waiting for feedback from patients on what they liked most or least about their gift bags.

Tote Bag Assembly

Tote Bag Assembly

Help donate RIS Tote Bag Ingredients:

We always are in need of many items as we look to fill tote bags for new patients. We are looking for donations of the following items:

  1. Lip balm
  2. Adult Coloring Books
  3. Children’s Coloring Books
  4. Colored Pencils
  5. Good Lotion in small containers
  6. Toiletry bags (small, but big enough to fit lip balm, a toothbrush, small toothpaste and a small lotion).
  7. Restaurant gift certificates, I-tunes gift cards (for teens) or cash so we can buy them

Please contact Connie Dow if you are interested in making a donation of the tote bag ingredients or have questions about our program. To help compete the recipe and fill our RIS Tote Bags join our Sarcoma Patient and Family Support Committee. Contact the committee chair for more info and for the next meeting date and time.