Blessing Bags – Random Acts of Kindness

While working on an article about random acts of kindness, I stumbled upon the idea of Blessing Bags. Have you heard of them? They are a sealed bag filled with basic necessities that can be kept on hand (probably in your car) for that moment when a homeless person approaches you for spare change. Having a blessing bag stashed in your vehicle, ready to be handed out, is a wonderful opportunity for your entire family to give back. One of the things I like most about this project is young children can help select items they think will bring comfort to someone less fortunate; including a favorite pack of playing cards, themed band-aids, favourite packaged family snack, etc. You might even include a card of note explaining that they’ve been selected for a random act of kindness and they are in your thoughts.

We’ve been dealing with the gimmies lately and feeling that our kids are not being appreciative of everything they have. Random Acts of Kindness are a great way to include children with understanding the ripple connection of giving back. You can select random acts that interest the child or work with organizations close to their heart. My children always have many questions when they see homeless people and coordinating blessing bags would help them connect basic needs for someone less fortunate. My hope is they make the connection between not having the bare necessities and having more than your share of necessities in life.  At this point I think my kids are too young for helping in a soup kitchen so this is the perfect step to assisting those in need with the kids actively participating.

I first read about blessing bags from Kids With A Vision and I thank them for sharing this wonderful idea. The start of my bag includes:

- deck of cards
- all natural hand wipes
- organic lollipops
- band-aids
- bar soap and body wash
- polysporin
- sewing mending kit

Other items listed suggested by Kids With A Vision are:

- chap stick
- packages of tissues
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- comb
- trail mix
- granola bars
- crackers
- pack of gum
- coins (could be used to make a phone call, or purchase a food item)
- warm pair of socks
- coffee gift card

I’ll be posting a link to the article about a local mom and her inspiring journey to complete 26 Random Acts of Kindness via my Facebook Fan Page later this week. Stay connect and join the wonderful conversations on greener living.

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4 Responses to Blessing Bags – Random Acts of Kindness

  1. josee barrette February 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    I had never heard about if but it’s a great idea.

  2. marnie lindgren March 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    this is a really great idea, i do the i’ll buy you a meal, but this takes it another step farther. I will share this at my church.thanks for sharing.

  3. leslie March 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I LOVE this idea! We live in a downtown area with quite a few homeless people. It’d be nice to had these out. :)

  4. Brigid Hagan March 27, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    May I suggest including the phone number to your local community information line if you have one? Also, a friend and I do something similar, and wrap the bags in a Fimo medallion we make and include a note that says “The symbol on this medallion is the Chinese character for love, which is my wish for you”, which has been the beginning of some delightful conversations.

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