Is it just me, or do you tend to think more about the homeless population in the winter? I remember saying to my children many times how grateful we should feel to have a nice warm house to live in when it freezing or snowing outside. But I don't recall saying how blessed we are to have a cool house in the summer. Don't get me wrong - I REALLY appreciate my air conditioning. It is a luxury and I understand that fact. My point is that I tend not to think about the special considerations that the heat and long days of summer bring to a homeless person.
So today I am sharing ideas for Summer Blessing Bags. Blessing Bags are a collection of non perishable items - think toiletries, snacks, and the like - all inside a zipper bag, gift bag, or even a cinch sack. Once assembled, you keep them in your car ready to give when the opportunity arises. If you have children in your life, get them involved! They can help assemble the bags and it will make a big impact when they see them given away. They will start learning to see the challenges our world can bring and how they can make a difference through simple actions.
Summer Blessing Bag Ideas:
I'm not suggesting you put all of these items in your bags. Just chose the items that appeal most to you and add those to your bags. Most are useful all year long. I have put an asterisk by items that might be especially needed in the summer.
- Sunscreen (Lotion or Stick)*
- Lip Balm*
- Hat with Brim for Shade*
- Small Handheld Fan w/Batteries or Paper Fan*
- Misting Water Spray Bottle*
- Insect Repellent*
- Hand/Body Wipes*
- Floss and/or Floss Picks
- Hand Sanitizer
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Travel Pack of Over-the-counter Pain Killer
- Anti-bacterial Ointment
- Nail Clippers
- Sewing Kit
- Flashlight or Headlamp
- Money (Quarters for laundry or public transportation can be very helpful.)*
- Juice Box
- Trail Mix
- Energy Bars
- Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers
- Lifesavers or other Hard Candy
What else would you add to the list?