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Have you ever been stopped at a stoplight and approached by someone who is homeless? You want to do something, but a lot of times you just aren’t sure what to do. Sometimes you don’t have cash with you or some people may simply feel uncomfortable handing out money. An alternative way to help would be to hand out something useful and something that can help someone feel special: Blessing Bags.
Blessing Bags are simple to assemble: they’re essentially storage bags filled with necessary items that a person will use every day. Keep them organized in your car to hand out to those you see in need.
One of the great parts is that you can usually get many of these items for FREE (or at least super cheap) at drug stores and/or grocery stores by using coupons! You can check out my page of the top drugstore deals for the week to see where to grab Blessing Bag items at great prices.
Blessing Bag Item Ideas:
-pain reliever (tylenol, advil, etc.)
-nuts & dried fruits
-food gift cards
-any other non-perishable items that will fit in a storage bag
-items that will simply make the person feel loved (chewing gum, candy, deck of cards, small notebook, pen, encouraging note, etc.)
Buying and filling Blessing Bags would be a great activity for a church or other group to show love to those in its community. Here’s a tip: if you’ll be keeping these in your car, try to buy items that won’t melt or damage in the heat, e.g. chocolate.
What else would you put in a Blessing Bag?