MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The Louisiana-based group Compassion that Compels made a stop in Mobile Wednesday, February 12. Founder Kristianne Stewart visited the Providence Hospital Cancer Center to deliver 40 “compassion bags” to local cancer patients.
Stewart started the effort several years ago after four relatives, including her daughter, were diagnosed with cancer. She came up with the idea of the compassion bags as a way to help patients and their care-givers, and encourage the Christian faith.
Each bag contains several items designed with the needs of cancer patients in mind. The bags include a blanket, devotional, journal, pen and reusable mug, as well as several other items.
Stewart said she was surprised at the response her effort received when she started a Facebook page. Since July 2013, the group has distributed 382 compassion bags.