NORWAY – Funding from the Walmart Foundation enabled the Western Maine Cancer Resource Center to once again manufacture and distribute “COVID relief baskets,” containing cleaning and paper supplies and household items. hygiene to cancer patients located in western Maine.
Seventy-five baskets have been distributed so far, including a supply of baskets to the oncology divisions of Stephen’s Memorial, Rumford and Bridgton hospitals, who will distribute them to patients who would benefit. “Food stamps don’t cover many of these items — all of which have been essential during the COVID pandemic,” said Diane Madden, executive director of the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine.
Providing these baskets has also been an opportunity for our staff to call and check in with patients to see how they are doing, ask about any barriers they face, and if they need any comfort items ( hats, afghans, shawls, etc.) that we then include with their basket. The baskets are either picked up at our Center or delivered in person by volunteers. For more information, please call (207) 890-0329.