INSIDE: 6 kind and generous ways to make blessing bags for the homeless. Blessing bags are easy service projects for kids, schools, families.
December 21st (2019) is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. This special day coincides with the longest night of the year and the first day of winter. It is a day to remember all those who have died as a result of being homeless. It is also a time to bring attention to the hardships and risks of being homeless.
The reasons for homelessness are complicated and often beyond a young child’s understanding. However, we can use this opportunity to explain the importance of helping those without a home.
One of the many ways to help those lacking enough food or money is with DIY Homeless Blessing Bags. Here are 6 unique ways for families, schools or service groups to help our fellow humans who are struggling with homelessness.
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6 Kind Ways to Make DIY Homeless Blessing Bags
Homelessness is an everyday, year-round challenge for too many. Often the easiest place to make a difference is on a local level.
Creating blessing bags is a great introduction for children of all ages to the cause of homelessness and ways that they can make a small positive change in the life of another person. ❤
Large Plastic Baggie Blessing Bag
Fill an extra large plastic storage bag with all the essential items someone may need, from tissues to canned beverages to bandages. These large blessing bags are pre-assembled and left in the car to hand out to someone in need.
Christmas Stocking Blessing Bag
Appropriate for the holiday season, fill a Christmas stocking with the items someone may need such as shampoo, individual snack packs and hand sanitizer.
Brown Paper Bag “We Care Kits”
Have the kids decorate plain brown paper gift bags with positive and inspirational messages. Then fill each bag with non-perishable foods and self care items.
6 Ways to Make DIY Blessing Bags for Easy Family Service
Blessing Bag Meals for the Homeless
Fill a shopping bag with meal items that can be opened easily, individually wrapped and may only require hot or cold water to eat, like oatmeal.
Homeless Blessing Bottles
Easy to assemble and keep in the car are DIY blessing bottles for the homeless. Fill large plastic reusable water bottles with small items like hand sanitizer, sunscreen and drink powders.
Cold Weather Blessing Bags
Homelessness is especially hard during winter. Fill a large plastic baggie with cold weather essentials, from hats to socks to hand warmers.
How to Find Homeless Shelters Near You
If you want to get involved in the cause of homelessness on a larger scale, consider donating your time or money to a shelter or ministry. The National Homeless Shelter Directory can connect you with a homeless shelter in your community.
Important dates in the fight against homeless:
On or around December 21st is Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day – #HomelessPersons’RemembranceDay
October 10th is World Homeless Day – #WorldHomelessDay
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