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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Helping the Homeless


How many times have you driven down the road only to see someone holding a sign that says something along the lines of, "Homeless, Can You Help?  God Bless".  We've seen many signs and at times have helped in either the form of cash or purchasing food to give them.  Recently on Pinterest, I saw a bag that was full of items for the homeless.  Immediately, I fell in love with this idea.  I could help someone and not even have to question giving them cash because of possible alcohol or cigarette purchase (yes this has happened to me before).  We can have these bags ready to go and in the car any time the occasion may arise.  My hope is that whoever is in the car with me can get out, pray with the person and give them something that might make their life the slightest bit easier for a short time.  In the past, I have kept from helping others because I didn't see that it'd make that much difference.  I couldn't help as much as I wanted to so I did nothing.  Well, we've been doing something lately...not as much as I'd like/hope to, but we're doing something.

Below is a video my children made.


This is what we included in our bag.  Before it goes out, we're going to purchase a nice pair of warm socks.

Bag Items:
comb
hand sanitizer
toothbrush
toothpaste
matches
raisins
peanuts
peanut butter crackers
wash cloth
soap
lip balm
electrolyte drink packets
trash bag
first aid kit
gallon bag to put it all in

The total approximate price for all the above items minus the socks is just under $10.  We purchased many of these items at the Dollar Tree.

1 comment:

Sarah K. said...

I think this is a really stellar idea!
One idea to include might be the phone number or address of a church/organization that has a program to help the homeless. That way they can continue to get the help they need after the fact.