Lending a Helping Hand–Blessing Bags

Recently the girls and I did a project.  I have been preparing for it for quite a while and was very excited to put it together, but I wasn’t sure if I should crow about it on my blog.  The Bible says if we brag about what we do we will see all of our reward here on earth, not in heaven.  And, honestly, I’d rather get my reward in Glory!

But I have seen some discussions about Blessing Bags on Facebook and wanted to share what we put in ours and how I got the items for the bags.

First, a bit of background.  Blessing Bags are prepared to be given to those who do not have a place to live and are homeless.  Some people make them and hand them out to people they see on the street.  I am pretty oblivious to much beyond driving when in my car so knew that was not a good option for us.  I chose to contact Grace Centers of Hope to see if they wanted the bags.  I’m well aware, the situation there may be such they do not need the items in bags, but it might also be nice for people there to have a bag of items that are just theirs.  I e-mailed with the donations coordinator and got a very enthusiastic response.  They would love to have them.

We packed: toilet paper, kleenex, toothbrushes and tooth paste, gloves, soap, chapstick, shampoo, a washcloth and edible item.  I got most of the items in the trial size area of our grocery store and the dollar store.

I packed 2 to show the girls what we had and how to put them together.  I marked the two that had peanut items in them.  The girls packed the rest.

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The girls had fun putting them together and I was thrilled to be giving back.  I bought most of the items on sale.  It took me about two months to find everything I wanted, but it was worth it when I dropped them off Saturday.

Survive til you Thrive!

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