My heart aches every time I see a homeless person in my town. It’s difficult to know how to help, because you don’t want to just give money and walk away. I have found that blessing bags, or homeless bags are an excellent way to help.
Items to Include
You can include anything original that you would like. Just make sure items are non perishable, and easily opened. Here are a few things that I like to include:
- Bottled Water
- Beef Jerky
- Granola Bars
- Baby Wipes
- Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Restaurant Gift Cards
- WARM SOCKS (a former homeless person told me that this is the best gift)
- Pads or Tampons
- Use your couponing skills to get many items for free. Remember, toothbrushes and toothpastes are often free with coupons! (check out this post on couponing for beginners)
- Consider providing a reusable water bottle.
- I use these bags. They are reusable and can easily be carried around. The bag itself could be helpful to the homeless.
- Include a personal note. Just let them know you care and that they matter. I’ve provided a FREE printable below, if you’d like to use mine!
- Consider getting a group of friends or church family together to assemble blessing bags together. You can assign each friend one set of items to bring, which will be a cost savings for everyone.
- Use mini toiletries from hotels. If you travel a lot, or have friends who do, ask them to save their extra toiletries.
- Ask for donations!
- I’ve had several hotels donate toiletries, just by asking
- Ask your dentist office if they would be willing to donate sample size toothpastes or toothbrushes.
- If you have a local homeless shelter, consider including their business cards or pamphlets.
- Package soaps and shampoos in a separate ziplock inside of your blessing bag. This will prevent snacks from tasting like soap.
- Ask your friends and family members to donate their old IPSY makeup bags. These are excellent for discreetly storing pads or tampons.
Now, go. Do good.
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