How to create blessing bags for those in need – everything we included in our bags plus some tips from these we learned along the way.
Let me kick this off for a little back story, in case you missed my instagram story covering the topic. This Christmas, Joshua’s grandparents gave us 5 – $10 bills and challenged us to use the money to help someone (or multiple people) that are less blessed than we are. A beautiful gift and such a great way to spread love around the holiday season.
Joshua and I quickly decided we were going to create blessing bags. Bags filled with items those in need may want and need. We were first introduced to these bags by our church this summer. We had the opportunity to make them following a Sunday service. It was an activity we throughly enjoyed but the real enjoyment came when we started to give them out.
We split up the bags – a few in my car, a few in Joshua’s car. The very first bag we gave out was to a young guy at a stop light holding a sign saying “Anything will help. God bless”. Joshua reached in the back, put his window down, and handed the bag to the guy. Tears are filling my eyes as I remember this moment and this sweet guys face – he absolutely LIT UP! The excitement was overwhelming with several thank you’s and God bless you’s.
Recalling that moment and several other experiences like that, there was no question, we wanted to make these bags again! I shared a little about what we included in the bags and how they looked once complete on stories this past Saturday. Following that a couple of you reached out asking for a blog post so you could remember everything and also pin for when your kids are a little order so you could do this together as a family activity – love that!
Below you will find everything we included in our blessing bags. Everything (except the toothpaste) came to $49.02 with the toothpaste the total was $61.03. And we were able to make 12 bags!
Everything We Included in Our Blessing Bags
* I did have a follower reach out to me who works with the homeless community and stated that appreciate everything BUT a lot of them have dental issues and do not have the ability to chew hard things. Therefore, next go around we will skip the nuts and also opt for softer granola bars. Nutri-Grain bars would be a great option!
P.S. if you make these and share, please tag me! I would love to see what you put together!