Blessing Bags

There is a really great woman in our city who is so community minded. Her name is Rhonda and she’s one involved chick! I saw her post this on her facebook page and wanted to share it with all of you. If we all pass this idea on in our own communities we could really make a big difference!

Have you ever come across a homeless individual and felt totally uncomfortable?

You see them and you know they are in need, but you are not sure what to do. You know that handing them money is not the best thing. But, you also see that they clearly have some needs. Their lips are chapped. They are hungry. They are thirsty. They are asking for help.

How can you help?

Here is a simple idea – blessing bags.

This was such an easy project. We are now going to keep a few “Blessing Bags” in our car so that when we do happen to see someone on the streets who is homeless, we can hand them a Blessing Bag. I first learned of these bags from my friend, Julie. I am using the picture of her bags (see above) because the ones we took were taken in horrible lighting and turned out really grainy and hard to see what is inside of them.

If you’d like to make your own Blessing Bags, this is what you would need:

Gallon size Ziplock bags
items to go in the bags, such as:
chap stick
packages of tissues
toothbrush and toothpaste
comb
soap
trail mix
granola bars
crackers
pack of gum
band aids
mouthwash
coins (could be used to make a phone call, or purchase a food item)
hand wipes
you could also put in a warm pair of socks, and maybe a Starbucks gift card

Assemble all the items in the bags, and maybe throw in a note of encouragement. Seal the bags and stow in your car for a moment of providence.

This would be a great activity to do with some other families. Each family could bring one of the items going into the bags (ex: toothbrushes). Set up all the items around a table and walk around it with the ziplocks and fill the bags.

Published in: on December 21, 2011 at 8:49 am  Comments (6)  

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  1. This may depend on your city, but where I used to work we sometimes had churches that would bring similar bags in to the police department for us to give to anyone who stopped by asking for help, or some of the guys even kept them in their vehicles for when they had to deal with people riding in on the trains.

    The department itself couldn’t buy anything for them, but they could give out what the churches or other charities bought and donated.

    (if you look in the sporting goods section, a lot of places have ponchos that fold up tiny that work well too. also, depending how cold it gets, might aim for high protein items in winter… beef jerky, small packages of peanuts, etc)

    • I really like the idea of changing up the bags depending on the season!

  2. I absolutely love this idea!! I think I’ll start incorporating this into my routine as well. Great thing is a lot of these things can be found at the dollar store.

  3. Great idea!

  4. I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!! Its an awesome idea and you can change whats in them by the season GREAT IDEA!!! I am going to put some in my car I run across a LOT of people I would love to bless with something now we can!!!

  5. This is great! Been wanting to do something like this at Mosaic and this is it. Thank you for sharing!


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