“Have you ever come across a homeless individual and felt totally uncomfortable?You see them and you know they are in need, but you are not sure what to do. You know that handing them money is not the best thing. But, you also see that they clearly have some needs. Their lips are chapped. They are hungry. They are thirsty. They are asking for help.How can you help?Here is a simple idea - blessing bags.
This was such an easy project. We are now going to keep a few “Blessing Bags” in our car so that when we do happen to see someone on the streets who is homeless, we can hand them a Blessing Bag. I first learned of these bags from my friend, Julie. I am using the picture of her bags (see above) because the ones we took were taken in horrible lighting and turned out really grainy and hard to see what is inside of them.If you’d like to make your own Blessing Bags, this is what you would need:Gallon size Ziplock bagsitems to go in the bags, such as:chap stickpackages of tissuestoothbrush and toothpastecombsoaptrail mixgranola barscrackerspack of gumband aidsmouthwashcoins (could be used to make a phone call, or purchase a food item)hand wipesyou could also put in a warm pair of socks, and maybe a Starbucks gift cardAssemble all the items in the bags, and maybe throw in a note of encouragement. Seal the bags and stow in your car for a moment of providence.This would be a great activity to do with some other families. Each family could bring one of the items going into the bags (ex: toothbrushes). Set up all the items around a table and walk around it with the ziplocks and fill the bags.”IMPORTANT:
I am the original poster of the quoted post BUT I did not write what was written. Contrary to the person who wrote the blurb I posted (I have provided the link for her but I found this on pinterest and know that some of the people I worked with would appreciate this. Bags like these were offered at the drug rehabilitation center I worked at.
I agree that Giving money sometimes is an important and great way to help someone who is homeless. People who are homeless know in their particular circumstance what they need. I posted the article because sometimes others see someone who is homeless and we want to help, but are not sure how or they might feel uncomfortable giving money. Acknowledging this, these bags provide a good idea to begin.
A comment I have been seeing on this post is: “THEYRE ALL JUST GONNA USE MONEY FOR ALCOHOL”
Why do people become homeless? http://www.merceralliance.org/why_homeless.htm
“There are many reasons why people become homeless. These include loss of employment, divorce, long-term illness. Others include domestic violence, substance abuse, institutional discharge and many other factors that make it difficult, if not impossible, for people to pay rent or make mortgage payments.
Factors that contribute to homelessness include lack of affordable housing, lack of preventative services to keep people from losing their housing, and inadequate treatment programs for those suffering from substance abuse and mental illness.”
I leave you with a final quote that guides my actions:
If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. -Lilla Watson
girl is so good at loving everybody (but herself). girl is so good at hating no one (but herself). of course you want to be loved. everyone does. but if your body is a home that even you refuse to live in, why would anyone else ask to move in? (just temporary tenants where your thighs touch under your summer dress) sweetheart, whatever you are running away from, we can all smell.
just thinking about this today. damn.
I want to see this in person.
It’s important to never over-invest in other people’s ideas about you. Be they praise dancing you up or pitchforking you down
—dream hampton (via dreamhampton1)
Boss up on your emotions before you become a slave to them
—dream hampton (via dreamhampton1)