Serving Others: Homeless Gift Bags

Because this Tis’ the season to be giving I thought it was fitting to repost this.  Warms my heart every time I read it!
I had coffee with my friend Kizzie not to long ago and she was telling me about how she started making Homeless Gift Bags.  I fell in love with the idea and wanted to share it with you.
Written by Kizzie (Coupon Connections Class instructor)

I watched a few clips online from the new TLC show “Extreme Couponing” and I really felt challenged.  I have a stockpile that is growing in abundance and using it to share with my family, friends and neighbors.  But I wanted to do something more.   So I asked myself, what else can I do?

My solution: homeless gift bags. So often I see someone on the side of the road and feel sad that I cannot give much…giving away some of my stockpile felt like a practical solution. So I went to the dollar store and picked up some paper gift bags. My daughters (ages 2 and 4) and I came home and began filling the bags with items from our stockpile (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, food, bandaids, body mist, maxi pads…etc…I also included a note and a picture that my girls colored just to make it more personal). We now keep the bags in our car so that when we see someone on the side of the road with a homeless sign, we have something to give. I was a little nervous to start giving the bags away, I did not know how they would be received, but all we have gotten is positive feedback. So, grab a few papers bags and start filling them up 🙂


Your turn, what ways do you use your stock pile to help others?


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