Blessing Bags for the Homeless

 

What a great idea!
Keep these “Blessing Bags” on hand or in your car for passing along to someone in need. We live in a suburb of Detroit. Quite frequently, we find ourselves at a traffic light downtown, next to a homeless man or two standing on the corner. Have you been in this situation before?
You may feel compelled to help, and wish there was something you can do. Maybe you’re not comfortable handing them money, but you feel guilty not doing something… 
I first saw the idea for these “Blessing Bags” on Pinterest a while back. I just love the idea of being proactive and thinking ahead, so you are ready when you face a need! I’ve had this idea tucked in the back of my mind and have been looking for an opportunity to make them with a group. I organized a ladies retreat this past weekend for our Church and our theme was on the book of Ruth. The curriculum called for our group to put together bean soup mixes for those in need, but I thought this project would make a great alternative.

 

 

I purchased everything I needed for twenty five ladies to make one bag each. I got everything I needed from the Dollar Tree! Each bag came to about $3 total. I was very excited about the supplies I was able to get for my money. Many of these things you may already have lying around your home! The most costly thing that I bought was the toothpaste and toothbrush set which were $1 each. Everything else were individually packaged products that were sold in a large quantity.

 

 

What our bags contained:

  1. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  2. Tylenol (individual packet of 2)
  3. Tissues
  4. Antibacterial wipes
  5. Bandages
  6. Razor
  7. Juice box
  8. Peanuts
  9. Granola Bar
  10. Safety pins
  11. Crackers and cheese
  12. A Gospel pamphlet
Some ideas for other things you could include:
  1. Change for making a phone call
  2. Socks
  3. List of homeless shelters or food banks in the area
  4. Deodorant
  5. Bar soap
  6. Mouthwash
  7. Comb
Be sure everything you choose is safe to keep in the car! For example, you wouldn’t want anything chocolate 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. I would love to have one on me whenever we go downtown to eat or catch a game. You could even have your kids hand them out! A simple way to demonstrate kindness and teach them about giving to those in need.

Comments

  1. 1

    What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2

    I struggle every time I see someone on the corner… this is the perfect thing to have ready! Thanks for sharing.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    What a blessing this can be to someone! love it!

  4. 4

    I love this idea, but with all the peanut allergies out there you may want to substitute something else.

  5. 5

    What a wonderful idea! I plan to put some together over the weekend!

  6. 6

    I want to do this as a school project but I must present the idea to our principal first. If she approves, any tips on how I can motivate everyone to help participate? Including faculty, students and parents? Thanks :-)

    • 7

      what a great idea! you could always divide up the items into class groups or family groups and each group bring something – like, the 5th grade class room would collect juice boxes, or the smith family would bring the granola bars, etc. come up with the number of bags you’d like to make and have everyone contribute items. you could even include a christmas card or something that would be a treat for the holiday season. it’s pretty easy, especially this time of year, to get people excited about the idea of helping others out. and this is a simple yet really tangible way of doing that.

  7. 8

    We are doing this at our church to take out to our homeless community for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. 9

    This is a wonderful thought, but the homeless around our area only want cash. It makes it really hard when you are trying to be Christ like and yet you know in your heart that you are being used and scammed instead.

  9. 10

    What a great idea! Being Jesus with skin on. Seeking to be a blessing!

  10. 11
    Jenny lantz says:

    We made these and collected some gently used sweatshirts and jackets and handed them out on our girls night out! It was amazing the response we got, people were so grateful!

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