I used to carry bags of goodies around in my car to give to those folks I might happen upon who were standing at intersections asking for help. I kind of got out of the habit and the other day I saw a woman with a cardboard sign and I had nothing. I resolved then and there to rectify that problem and always have something in my car to hand out the window to anyone I passed that might be a little bit down on their luck.
I know that not everyone who has a cardboard sign has the story that the sign might state but you know what? I would rather err on the side of being kind than to ignore . I have run across a couple of places with suggestions on what to put in these bags and below is a sample idea of what I included in mine.
- Hotel sized shampoo/conditioner
- small soap
- bath / shower gel
- package of tissues
- travel size toothbrushes and toothpaste (I included Wisps that need no water)
- granola bars
- small first aid kit
- hand sanitizer
- antibacterial wipes
- small juice box
- box of raisins
- coins, bus tokens or small amount of money
- breakfast bars
- socks –one of the most needed items for homeless folks are socks
- encouraging note or in my case I included a Seed of Happiness
No, it isn’t much and if bought at a dollar store the cost is minimal but to someone who has not had access to some of the basic necessities it might bring a smile to their face. All contained in a gallon ziplock bag so it is easy to just keep on the floor of the front seat of your car for when that moment arises.
Any other ideas of items that can be put in bags?? Please leave in the comment section and share with everyone!!!