Have you ever heard of a Blessing Bag? Read below and make a few. Keep them in your car and when you see someone on the street corner, give them one. I know there are lot people who panhandle for a living but there are also those who are really down on their luck and could use a few necessities and a huge Blessing. Give it a try…….you will love the feeling it gives you just knowing you made someone very happy.
STUFFING YOUR BLESSING BAGS
Gallon Size Ziploc Bag – This is key for several reasons:
Helps to keep everything together & in one place so they can easily access the supplies in their bags/backpacks
Keeps the items from spilling/leaking onto their personal items in their bags
The bags can later be used for other storage options within their bags – storing toiletries, snacks, etc
Hand-Warmers – we put a couple packs in, especially during the winter, but even for those chilly evenings in the spring/summer/fall these would be very welcome. We buy a pack of 40 at Costco for around $15 ($.38/pk) & then we have these on hand for blessing bags as well as camping, winter sports, etc.
Bag of Quarters – These are nice to include for washing clothes at the laundromat (we just put them in a snack-size Ziploc bag to keep them contained in a smaller area
Bottle of Water – Mini water bottles work great so they don’t take up too much space or if you can fit a regular size water bottle
Band-Aids – these are something that may often be needed but may not be something they would be able to spend money on or think about having.
Baby Wipes – a small pack of baby wipes would be a great one to include to help with feeling clean & fresh
Hand Sanitizer – another great option to help them feel cleaner
Wash Cloth – buy an inexpensive wash cloth to include
*If you have a lot of items to include in your bags, travel-size toiletries work great
Toothpaste (travel size if you have a lot of items to put into your bag)
Soap (we bring home soaps from hotels if we don’t end up using all of them)
Shampoo/conditioner (these are also great products to save from hotels if you don’t use them as they’re the perfect size for these bags)
Personal hygiene items if you’re making a kit for a woman (tampons, pantiliners, pads, etc)
Sunscreen (depending on time of year)
Fruit cup/ applesauce cup (& include a spoon)
Hot Cocoa/Spiced Cider Mixes or on-the-go coffee mixes