FRUGAL TIP: Blessing Bags

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 0 comments
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Image: Non-Profit Depot Toiletry Charity Gift Kit | Includes travel-sized toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, shave cream and razor, hairbrush and comb, two washcloths, two bath towels
Non-Profit Depot Toiletry Charity Gift Kit

I came across this idea to make Blessing Bags for the homeless, and thought - what a great way to use some of the freebies and samples we get!

Put together a few bags and keep them in your car, ready to hand out when needed.

What a wonderful idea, and a great way to demonstrate compassion to your kids!

Ideas of What to Include:

Any individually wrapped snack or drink:
• Breakfast bars, cereal bars, granola bars, protein bars, energy bars
• Fruit cup, applesauce cup, pudding cup (include a spoon)
• Peanut butter and cheese crackers
• Gum/hard candy
• Instant Oatmeal Packets (include disposable bowl and spoon)
• Single-packaged nuts and trail mix, raisins
• Vienna sausage in pop-top can
• Beef Jerky
• Cup of Noodles, Mac 'n Cheese in a Bowl, Cup-of-Soup
• Foil tuna packs (not requiring a can opener)
• Hot Cocoa, Spiced Cider Mixes, tea bags or on-the-go coffee mixes
• Bottled water, juice boxes, Gatorade

Grooming and hygiene products:
• Combs
• Hand lotion, Lip balm, chapstick
• Face towels
• Soap, Hand sanitizer
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
• Mouthwash (non-alcoholic)
• Shampoo and Conditioner
• Bandaids
• Baby Wipes
• Deodorant
• Kleenex® tissues

Other Useful items:
• Socks, underwear, gloves
• Hand Warmers
• Plastic utensils
• Sunscreen
• Insect repellent
• Gallon-size and small size Ziploc® bags
• Mints
• Bag or roll of quarters
• Bus tokens or passes
• Tampons, menstrual pads, pantiliners
• Gift cards to local fast food restaurants
• small First Aid kit
• dog food samples
• Mylar emergency blanket

Read more:
Blessing Bags | FREE Printable Checklist and Encouragement Cards

Want to Know What the Homeless REALLY Want in Care Packages?

Check Amazon for more sample size toiletries and small containers to make your own sample sizes!

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About Catherine: I have been writing frugal tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three sons, who are all grown up, grandma to three - and happily re-married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and a cat, Bella.

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