Blessing Bags, they’re a concept that we’d never heard of.  But, while scrolling through Facebook the picture of one (featured below) caught our eye.  At first we thought it was a junk bag.  Then we took a second look and saw a $5 bill in it and thought it was maybe something to give to a college kid for the weekend.  But, then we stopped and read the following message typed on the side of the picture:

“This is what me and my daughter have started doing….We are keeping a “Blessing bag” in our car in case we find someone in need. You can make these up with items from the Dollar Tree such as gloves, thermal socks, beef sticks, crackers, candy bars, toothpaste, toothbrush, wipes, deodorant, snacks and other items that may help someone who is homeless or in a bad way. It is just a thoughtful, inspiring thing to do. This is something we are going to start doing from now on. Thank you to the ones that did this long before us, for being such a giving, loving, caring person! Random acts of kindness take very little to change the life of just one person.” 👼 

What a truly wonderful idea. Had to share! 👍 

Photo courtesy of Amy Verder – original source Love What Matters

This is the picture that came with the Facebook post.

This is the picture that accompanied the Facebook post.

The first thought we had was, “Is this a thing?”  “How come we’ve never heard of this?”  A quick Google Search for the topic “Blessing Bags” turns back a LOT of results.  There is everything from checklists on the most useful items to put in your bags, to complete spiritual ministry’s centered around them.

The All Things With Purpose blog even has printable cards that you can put in each bag with the following sentiment:

“You Matter! 

Here are a few things to brighten your day.  I just want you to know that I care and that you matter to God.  I’m praying for you!

Love,  _____________________________”

Wow!  How did we miss such an awesome concept?! 

We even found YouTube vidoes showing organizations doing it.  Here’s one below:

 

So, there you have it.  Just a collection of items that you think a homeless person could use, carried in a Ziploc bag to quickly give to them in passing.  Who knows, it could be just the ray of hope that someone needs in their life at that time.