Karen has been fighting the respiratory crud that seems to be plaguing people coast to coast. We had it at our house for a couple of weeks before finally kicking it. One of Jim’s business partners heard she was sick, and sent her a most thoughtful gift..chicken soup. Karen found a box from Spoonful of Comfort on her front porch containing a cold-pack wrapped jar of chicken noodle soup, dinner rolls and cookies! Chicken soup has long been prescribed by mothers and grandmothers for their loved ones with colds and flu. For many years, the health benefits of chicken soup were considered more myth than medicine, but now researchers believe chicken soup reduces the symptoms of a cold by inhibiting inflammation of tissues in the nasal passage. Karen said that simply smelling the warm soup started clearing her head. The soup definitely looked homemade with large firm noodles, pulled chicken breast pieces, chunky carrots, celery and onions. Karen thought it was very flavorful without being overly salty. The soup is handmade in small batches, just the way it is made at home.
Marti Wymer created Spoonful of Comfort to honor the memory of her mother who had terminal lung cancer. It was especially painful for Marti to deal with her mother’s illness because she lived in Florida while her mom was in Canada. She felt a sense of helplessness, and the traditional gifts she could send, like flowers or fruit, seemed inadequate to express her love and concern. Her thoughts kept going back to the chicken soup her mother made for her when she was a child and didn’t feel well, but she wasn’t with her mom to provide that same loving care. She was comforted by the fact that during her mom’s final few weeks, her siblings and friends in the area provided her with food and care, and she wanted to create a way for people to show care and concern from a distance.
Karen and I can relate to Marti’s frustration because we both live some distance from our parents. I’m several hours away from my mom, and Karen is more than a day’s drive from her mom and dad. Although we have siblings who live close to our parents and help out when needed, it isn’t the same as being there ourselves. Spoonful of Comfort provides the ability to provide a satisfying, healthy meal along with a message of concern to someone who needs it. Marti’s passion for communicating that concern is clear on the company’s website, and is demonstrated in the cheerful product packaging and personalized note that accompanies each gift. A portion of the company’s profits is donated to the American Cancer Society in memory of Marti’s mother, so each purchase provides a double blessing. Keep Spoonful of Comfort in mind when you want to provide someone with a comforting meal and a sincere reminder of your concern for them.