Hey everyone! One of my most popular posts of all time has been the one I did about putting together these Blessing Bags for the homeless.
Since writing that post a few years ago, I’ve put blessing bags together with a number of different groups and in different settings. We have had the opportunity to hand them out while walking the streets of our city or while stopping our car at an intersection. I have a friend that helps put these together for her husband that drives a truck across the country every week.
Last night, we had our group of Preschoolers through 4th-grade kids put blessing bags together as part of a church-wide “Loving Generously” event. I created these cards to include in the bags and have now added them to the member area! This is such a simple way to demonstrate kindness and teach your kids about giving to those in need.
TIP: Be sure everything you choose to put in your bag is safe to keep in the car! For example, you wouldn’t want anything chocolate that can melt or crackers that would easily crush. After you give one out, make another to always keep on hand! These are small enough to fit into a purse or the glove compartment of your car.
What to Put in Your Blessing Bags
By now, the term “Blessing Bag” has become a common phrase in many parts of the country. Perhaps you have already participated in a group project that assembled these bags, or passed them out yourself. I love hearing what kinds of things people include in their blessing bags.
TIP: The greatest need we hear about from homeless people in Detroit, Michigan is for socks. Many homeless people around us have access to food, but get really excited about warm socks.
Here are a few of the things we have included in our blessing bags:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Tylenol (individual packet of 2)
- Antibacterial wipes
- Juice box
- Non perishable snack foods
- Safety pins
- Change for making a phone call
- Shaving supplies
- Encouraging notes or little Bible
- Other reading material
- List of homeless shelters or food banks in the area
- Bar soap
TIP: When putting together a blessing bag, space is limited so small items that make a big impact are important! We have usually used juice boxes because they take up less space. Individual packets of pain reliever or wipes can be found at the dollar store. A small, travel toothbrush and toothpaste or other travel size items will allow more things to fit into the zippered bag you are filling!
Be sure to check out my original post HERE!
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