Blessing Bags

A Blessing Bag is a large bag full of items which are useful to those who might be experiencing homelessness or are struggling, and you encounter on the street. What goes into a Blessing Bag?

Start with a jumbo, two gallon-sized Ziploc bag with sliding closure or a mesh bag with a zipper, and add items such as these:

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 One or two bottles of water
Travel size first aid kit

 

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.

Share the blessing of resources to those you may encounter while driving around or drop your assembled Blessing Bag off at the Incarnation Office so they can be shared with other faith communities who distribute Blessing Bags. For questions, contact Becky Benson.