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Serving the Homeless With Blessing Bags
I saw this idea for Blessing Bags from Kids With a Vision and thought it was too wonderful not to share!
What are Blessing Bags?
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a blessing bag, this is just a simple way to be a blessing to those you come across who might be in need (we mostly give them out to the homeless standing on the side of the road with signs). A blessing bag is a small assortment of basic toiletries and snacks in a ziplock bag.
Have you ever driven past a person in need and wondered what you could do to help? Keep one or two of these blessing bags in your car to have on hand!
The best part is, your children can be involved in creating the blessing bags and will most likely be present when handing them out as well. And it’s a great way to utilize coupons and freebies!
Blessing Bag Ideas:
- Chap stick
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- small bottle of shampoo
- packet of razors
- sanitary pads
- trail mix
- granola bars
- pack of gum
- band aids
- hand wipes
- warm pair of socks
Assemble all the items in gallon size ziplock bags, and include a note of encouragement with the contents.
Giving Gift Cards To The Homeless
One way we have tried to responsibly give is by giving gift cards for food rather than cash. I used to include a $5 bill in our blessing bags with the intention that the person could buy themselves something to eat. Because the majority of people that we meet on the road asking for help are in a high-traffic shopping center and within walking distance, I normally give a $5 gift card to McDonald’s now. Walmart is right on the corner as well, so that would be another good option.
Monthly Mini Blessing Bags
I decided to make some mini blessing bags to keep in our car and hand out as we saw someone in need. We made several bags and they are now gone. Anytime we saw someone holding a sign, we would roll down our window and hand out a bag. My kids love being part of such a simple way to show compassion. One man said with a huge smile on his face, “YES!!! I needed a new pair of socks!”
As it turns out, the sandwich size ziplock bags seem to work better than the gallon-size ones. They can easily be stuffed into pockets and aren’t cumbersome for the individuals we gave them to. Although we can’t fit a lot into the bags, the few things we do include seem to be greatly appreciated by everyone who receives them.
Click here to see what we include in our blessing bags…
The following posts include free printable blessing bag notes you can use.
This post was first published August 2011. Last updated 2011.