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How to Make Blessing Bags

 

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How to Make Blessing Bags

While we’ve shared this idea before, I wanted to dedicate a post on How to Make Blessing Bags to give you a few ideas of things to include.

The kids and I have seen a lot of folks this winter who’ve fallen on hard times.  You might see them standing on the corner near Walmart, or on the entrance to the interstate asking for help.   I want to teach my kids to have a heart for the poor, and we all know kids learn best from what we DO, not what we say ;)

Whatever their circumstances might be, I think that if it’s within our power to lesson someone else’s suffering even a little bit, then let’s get on it!  While I can’t offer them work or always provide a meal unexpectedly – one way to offer a little comfort is to prepare a “Blessing Bag” in advance.

Blessing Bags can include anything from basic survival supplies and personal care items to thoughtful extras that might brighten someone’s day.  Shown above is a baggy I made up this week using what I had on hand – but you might have completely different things to work with.  Whatever you have, it will surely be a blessing to someone in need!

I put the following items in my Blessing Bag because there’s a certain lady I have in mind who I’ve seen near the CVS a few times this month.  This time I’ll be ready :)

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo (can always double as body wash)
  • Conditioner
  • Chapstick (I don’t know about you, but my lips would probably be cracking if I stood out in the cold all day!)
  • Feminine Pads
  • Deodorant
  • Granola bar and Instant Coffee singles
  • New Socks (These were 75% OFF at CVS after Valentine’s Day)

Other items you could include would be bandaids, water bottles, soap, razors, fruit, etc…

If you have these kinds of items in your stockpile, you might also want to check with your school.  Many schools collect toiletries to send home with kids who just don’t have them.  Can you imagine being a teenager who’s family can’t spare the extra money to get things like deodorant, razors, etc…?  Oh my gosh, it makes me want to run out and get every deodorant, razor, bodywash deal in town to drop off at school!

Other places that accept items like this are the Red Cross and local battered women’s shelters.  You don’t have to look far to find someone who’ll take your donation!

Anyway, I hope this gave you some good ideas of how to use your frugality to benefit others – and we’d love to hear any ideas you have of making a difference!

 

 

 


Comments

  1. I LOVE this idea! So many times we pass someone standing off the exits at the intersrate. Personally, I do not have extra money to give, nor do I necessarily always know where that money might go anyway. This is very hard to explain to my kids when they ask why we don’t give them money. But this is a great way to offer a help when you don’t have the money to do so. I will be making these with my kids. We will make a few for women and a few for men. I will keep them in my car so they are handy from the driver seat so I can just grab them and hand them through the window. I might include a scripture verse as well on each bag! An uplifting and encouraging one! Thanks for this idea Jamie!

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