Care Street Bags

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Care Street Bags

My 10 year old daughter did one of her weekly presentations for our Classical Conversations homeschool co-op on helping the homeless by creating care packages to keep in your car to hand out to people on the street who are in need.  That was a long sentence.  As care packages for people who are currently living on the street, we came up with the name “Care Street Bags.”  We were also inspired by Thriving Home’s version here.

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Then her Sunday School teacher at church challenged a few of the kids to share their world changing ideas with our congregation during Next Generation Sunday last week.  And they asked her to make bags for people to purchase and keep in their cars to give away.

So we brainstormed a list of items and went shopping at Smart & Final and the Dollar Store to price out the bag items.  Then we had a little family assembly line going to put the bags together.  Even though I had to keep their grabby little hands out of the granola bars box, it was great to have a task for the kids to focus on that didn’t directly benefit them!  Take that, Selfishness!

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We charged $5 to cover the cost of each one and ended up making and getting sign ups for a total of almost 30 bags!  Here is a list of items that we included in each bag:

  • Water bottles
  • Socks
  • Wipes
  • Granola bars
  • Nuts
  • Fruit Leathers
  • Crackers
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Tissues
  • Comb
  • Anti-bacterial Band-aids
  • Personal notes signed by the kids
  • Church food pantry info cards

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Cynthia, the woman who heads up the food pantry at our church is helping to get donations and we hope to include a variety of these items for future bags:

  • Flip top cans of protein items (sardines, beef stew, Vienna sausages, etc.)
  • Spoons & napkins
  • Mints
  • Noodle cup
  • Washcloths
  • Lip balm
  • Tea bags
  • Vitamin samples
  • Soap (travel-size)
  • Lotion (travel-size)
  • Small pad
  • Pen
  • Rubber bands
  • Deck of cards
  • Manicure tools
  • First aid kit

This has been an enjoyable project to do with my daughter.  It’s satisfying to see our kids mature and show care for others.  And I always love a good (albeit small) practical solution to the hard issues in life.  We hope others are inspired by this and choose to create your own version of these Care Street Bags.  Blessings!

What are the ways you and/or your family meet practical needs? 

Other attempts to un-selfish the kids:

A very Chocolate-y Lent

Annual Advent-ures

The Good & Pleasant Jar (coming soon!)

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3 thoughts on “Care Street Bags

  1. What at great lesson in practical caring to teach your kids. We are so proud of our grandkids!

  2. Love this! We actually keep something very similar in our car, but we may need to work on intentionality, because apparently we do not frequent the same places as people who could use the bags. Or perhaps we’re just not paying attention? Also, it is noteworthy that almost all of my mom heroes are apparently also Classical Conversations moms. Hmmmmm….

  3. Our kids school does this a couple times a year. Families donate what they can from a list that the principle has of items included in the bags. Then over lunch the students fill up the bags and each take one to keep in their families car to give away when needed!

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