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Fill Blessing Bags with essential items and hand them out to people in need!

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:

-face wash
-pain reliever (tylenol, advil, etc.)
-lip balm
-bottled water
-applesauce packs
-protein/granola bars
-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?

    • pdnr

      This is great! I worked at a downtown church and homeless came by all the time for handouts. We never gave money and even learned not to give meal tickets to a nearby restaurant as they can be traded for money for liquor. We had a food pantry and referred those with problems paying bills to a local organization supported by many churches who had the means to investigate the need. I’ve given fresh food to some and later found it in the bushes; all they really wanted was money for liquor or cigarettes. But I’ve seen others gobble food down hungrily in front of me. These bags are a way of helping those who really need help and not enabling those who have drinking problems or those who are making a really good living by begging. (Some people park their cars, wear old clothes and beg at intersections, then go back to their nice homes with tax free money.)

    • Nonc

      Great idea!!

    • Guest1

      Love this idea!!!! I’m always seeing people and really want to help but can’t because we’re living pay check to pay check ourselves. Will be making a couple of these to pass out instead.

      Thanks Jenny for posting this!!

    • Tamra

      Awesome idea. I will definitely suggest this as an activity for our youth group at church.

    • Marylou

      I did something like this once and the guy threw it back at me. He said, “I need money!”

      • pdnr

        You should find out if there is an organization supported by local churches that helps people with bills. You can tell someone like that to contact that organization. You can even make up cards with their name and number and include them in your packet. They may tell you that those organizations can’t help them but if they don’t, it’s because the need is not real or they’ve been helped so many times they’ve become dependent on them. Don’t ever give money because you don’t know how it will be used.

    • K

      A lot of the homeless here also have a dog with them, so I include a Baggie of dog food.

    • cindy

      Great idea! I would include a gospel track or new testament

    • JZ Thompson

      Stop writing scripture, and start writing your congressperson or local politician or pastor, and get shelters built.