♫ On the Fourth Day of Giving,
The kids helped me,
Hand out homeless blessing bags,
With an assortment of necessities. ♫
Most large cities generally have a homeless population. The city where we live has about 5 or 6 usual places that they tend to occupy. They stand with their cardboard signs that say, Anything Helps! or Looking for work! God bless. Then you have the flip side of the coin where people will write signs that read, Just need a beer!
People are usually torn in these situations with the possibility of enabling someone’s drug or alcohol addiction and giving them what they really need like food or medicine.
Both could very well be true. Studies indicate that six out of ten homeless people admitted to problems with alcohol or drugs and that the typical homeless income of a “career panhandler” can make between $600 and $1,500 a month.
Then you have the four out of ten that really do need the money to purchase things they need. To alleviate any apprehension, we decided against giving out money this holiday season and purchase some items that could be useful to the homeless population – toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, and snack items.
This way the kids could also be involved and make it more meaningful to them. In picking the items out, I needed to explain to them that the homeless may not have access to can openers or microwaves so we had to choose items that they could open and eat or use anytime.
Then as we drove around town, we found people who were holding signs, asking for help. The kids, from the back of the car, rolled down their windows and handed out their bags.
This act of giving went over so well, the kids are still looking for the homeless and saying we need to give them a blessing bag too.
If you’re looking for more ideas for a blessing bag for the homeless, StrongLuv has a great printable checklist of items.
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:17-18)