The best way to be thankful for what we have is by giving to those who don’t have much of anything at all. This Holiday season, make a ‘Blessing Bag for the Homeless.’ Keep a few 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 daydreaming about what I would make for dinner that night, while this poor man sat in the heat, most likely with an empty stomach.
Perspective. Sometimes we need to see things from a different perspective.
I wish I could’ve handed him a couple of dollars, but I rarely carry cash, in all honesty. I didn’t make an effort to reach for my purse to hand him some loose change. 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 went back to normal. My mind goes into homework mode, laundry mode, and dinner mode… and I forget about the world and how many people live in pain.
Giving. The true meaning of the Holiday season. We give to our family, and friends, and should also give to people in need. My husband and I support a few non-profit organizations throughout the year, and I am constantly donating clothing and goods to my local Goodwill center.
After hosting an amazing Thanksgiving dinner for 13 people this past Thursday, I again acknowledged how fortunate we are. Just to have a home, preparing and eating such a feast with our family, all at a beautiful table, is such a blessing!
I committed myself to creating these blessing bags for those in need and handing them out this Holiday season.
What To Pack in Blessing Bags
If you have never heard of a blessing bag, I am very 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 beautiful Scripture passage to lift their spirit in the bag.
For these care packages, 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 gloves. This is just a simple example of what you can pack in a blessing bag. The final contents are up to you.
So, here is what I packed in each blessing kit:
- Bottled water
- Hand lotion
- Tuna salad and crackers on the go (utensils included)
- Green beans
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Pain reliever pills
- First aid kit
- Hand sanitizer
I placed all the items inside clear gallon-sized Ziploc bags and inserted the card. The card reads:
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I grew up in South America, where the sight of the poor and homeless is an everyday thing, especially in the metro areas. Unfortunately, we become thick-skinned and see it as the norm.
Here in America is a different story. I live in a small town, and homeless people are scarce, so it’s hard to miss someone standing in the median holding a ‘homeless and hungry’ sign.
This holiday season, I hope you find some time to prepare a few blessing kits for those less fortunate. Make these care packages in your own way, and add more items to them if you may.
Freely You Receive. Freely You Shall Give.
Have a great day!