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.
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!
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
- Granola bars
- Fruit Leathers
- Anti-bacterial Band-aids
- Personal notes signed by the kids
- Church food pantry info cards
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
- Noodle cup
- Lip balm
- Tea bags
- Vitamin samples
- Soap (travel-size)
- Lotion (travel-size)
- Small pad
- 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:
The Good & Pleasant Jar (coming soon!)