Back in February I shared that I was going to be offering a free monthly printable for creating mini 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 people standing on the side of the road with signs). These March Mini Blessing Bags are made in sandwich-sized plastic bags, which is much more convenient than a gallon-sized bag for the individuals receiving them.
I thought with St. Patrick’s Day in the middle of March, my favorite Irish blessing would be the perfect bit of encouragement for someone struggling through a difficult time. I have been overwhelmed by the positive response these little bags have gotten from those who have received them. One man looked at the bag and shouted, “YESSS!!!! I needed a new pair of socks!” Another man received two a few weeks apart from each other. He said, “Hey, I remember you from last time. Thank you so much…you don’t know how much this means for someone to acknowledge us let alone try to help us.” My kids love rolling down the van window and handing them out whenever they are with me. I am continually reminded to try to stop and see people as individuals created in the image of God and do our best to offer a bit of encouragement, even if it only lasts a few seconds.
Here are some ideas for mini blessing bags (limit to 3 or 4 depending on space):
-Socks (for the winter months)
-Gift Card to a Fast Food Restaurant
-Travel size ibuprofen
-Soap (double-bag if putting in with food or else the food will taste like soap)
I store our blessing bags in my car, between the driver seat and passenger seat for easy access. We end up passing out at least one per week, normally around busy shopping centers.