The best way to be thankful for what we have is by giving to those who don’t have much or anything at all. This Holiday season, make a ‘Blessing Bag for the Homeless’. Keep 2 or 3 in your car, hand them out when necessary, and watch them smile.
Last week, I was sitting at a red light and right there on my left, staring at me, was a tall man holding a sign that read: ‘hungry and homeless’… and my heart sunk. Because there I was annoyed by the traffic, and day-dreaming about what was I going to make for dinner that night, while this poor man sat in the heat, most likely with an empty stomach.
Perspective friends, perspective. Sometimes we need to see things from a different perspective.
I wish I could’ve handed him a couple of dollars, but honest to God, I rarely carry cash. Although coins are money too, I didn’t make an effort to reach for my purse. A little embarrassed, I looked away, the light changed quickly, and I resumed driving.
For the next 5 minutes, I could not stop thinking about this homeless person, and how I – and probably every other person – drove away without giving him a dime. I came home, and life goes back to normal. My mind goes into homework mode, laundry mode, dinner mode… and I forget about the world, and how many people live in sorrow.
Giving. The true meaning of the Holiday season. We give to our family, friends, and should also give to people in need. Throughout the year, my husband and I support a few non-profit organizations, and I am constantly donating clothing and goods to the poor. After hosting an amazing Thanksgiving dinner for 13 people this past Thursday, once again I acknowledged how fortunate we are. Just to have a home, the means to prepare and eat such a feast with our family, all at a beautiful table, is such a blessing!
I committed myself to create these blessing bags for those in need, and hand them out these Holiday season.
What To Pack in a Blessing Bag
If you never heard of a blessing bag, I am so excited to share this idea with you today. These bags are packed with necessities, that will make anyone in sorrow smile. I also created a free printable card, to include in the bag with a powerful message that can lift their spirit.
For these blessing bags, I purchased travel sized toiletries and non-perishable food.The choices in non-perishables are endless. Some people like to pack also clothing such as hats, socks, and mittens. This is just a simple example of what you can pack in it, the final content is up to you.
So, here is what I packed in these blessing bags:
- Bottled water
- Hand lotion
- Tuna salad and crackers on-the-go (utensils included)
- Green beans
- Deodorant (two kinds: for men and women)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Pain reliever pills
- First aid kit
- Hand sanitizer
I placed all the items inside of clear gallon size Ziploc bags and inserted the card. The printable card reads:
I grew up between two countries in South America, where the sight of poor and homeless is an everyday thing -especially in the capital- and unfortunately, we become thick-skinned and see it as the ‘normal’. Here in America, is a different story, I live in a small town and the sight of homeless people is really rare, so it’s hard to miss someone standing in the median with a ‘homeless’ sign in their hands.
This holiday season, I hope you find some time to prepare a few blessing bags for those people less fortunate than you and me. Make the blessing bags your way, add more if you may, but please: GIVE!
Freely You Receive. Freely You Shall Give
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Have a great day!