Blessing Bags

A Blessing Bag is a bag containing items useful to those you encounter on the street who might be experiencing homelessness or who are otherwise struggling. Being in a position to share a Blessing Bag with someone allows for human connection to be made and a sense of dignity to be preserved.

One of the six strategic goals resulting from Incarnation’s Long Range Planning Process is oriented toward increasing opportunities for service related to hunger. The group of people working on the plans in support of this hunger goal has recommended that a Blessing Bag Ministry be instituted as one of Incarnation’s hunger ministries. Blessing Bag assembly and distribution will be offered through Incarnation on a regular basis.

What Goes into a Blessing Bag

Start with a Ziploc bag with sliding closure or a mesh bag with a zipper, and add items such as those below. Select those items with a * for a more food-oriented Blessing Bag making it easier to carry with you in your backpack, purse or in your car glove box.

Full size deodorant (men’s or women’s) Feminine hygiene products (for women’s bag)
Lip balm A pair of tube socks
A full size bar of soap & wash cloth Hat & gloves (seasonal)
A toothbrush, full size tube of toothpaste & floss * $5 gift card for Subway or McDonald’s
Disposable razor * One or two granola or fiber bars
Small hand sanitizer * Beef jerky or beef sticks
Travel Kleenex * A lunch size container of applesauce or fruit
Baby wipes * Raisins or other dried fruit
Sunscreen * A small bottle of water or juice box
Travel size first aid kit * A note of encouragement

 

Pray over the Blessing Bag

Upon assembly of a Blessing Bag, place your hands on it and read the below scripture and prayer:

“Then the king will say . . ., ‘My father has blessed you! . . . When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.’ . . . ‘Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.’” ~ Matthew 25:34-36, 40

Lord Jesus, you taught your disciples that whenever they fed the hungry, gave water to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked, took care of the sick, visited those who were in prison, that they were ultimately doing these acts of ministry to you. You are fully present in the lives of those who are in need. Heavenly Father, we lift up to you the person who will be receiving this bag. To us they are a stranger, but to You they are Your beloved child. May this small expression of love, grow into a new opportunity for them to find what they are most in need of. Holy Spirit, bless them and keep them safe. Amen.

Distributing Blessing Bags

Share the blessing of resources to those you may encounter does not require that you are in downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. Keep the bag in your car or backpack so that when you encounter someone in need, you are prepared to bless that person. These are places where Incarnation people have reported that they distributed Blessing Bags; please be mindful of other drivers, traffic patterns and those on foot when giving a bag from your vehicle:

  • I-694 and White Bear Avenue
  • I-94 and Marion Street
  • I-94 and Dale Avenue
  • I-94 and Jackson Street
  • In the suburbs including Shoreview, Mounds View and Vadnais Heights

Pray to be led to the right person who might need a blessing and God will be faithful, and you will be blessed as well!

For questions, contact Becky Benson.