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Goodie bags no kid would ever want

December 7, 2009

This is a very hurredly-taken photo from my cell phone. I’m even standing in my own light, I know. I just wanted to document these things before I ran out the door to make sure Husband didn’t forget them.

Husband is primarily a delivery driver for his employer. (Silk-screeners in the Midwest, pay ye heed.) A couple times in recent weeks he mentioned that he gave part of his lunch, or a ride, or a couple dollars, to a homeless man he came across during the day. (Not coincidentally it’s always the carrots he gives away. They just get bigger …)

So I had this idea to put together lunch bags for those guys too. Each one of the four brown paper bags in that pic contains: one ramen cup (assuming they can get hot water from any gas station with a coffee machine), one pack of granola bars, one bag of peanuts, one pack of four single-use disposable toothbrushes, one package of kleenex, a set of gloves, a winter hat, and a package of two hand-warmers. I thought about putting a Luke or John in them, but didn’t have time to try to find those. Next time.

Just an idea to throw out there. Know anyone who drives a lot? Make some bags for him/her to keep in the truck. Headed into the city for something? Bring one or two with you. The gloves, hat and hand-warmers are $1 each at Jewel right now. I think each bag cost us just over $5 total. So do-able.

Two questions for you today:
1 – If you’ve worked with the homeless, what am I missing? Is there some priceless item that should be included that I’m over-looking?
2 – What fun, creative thing are you doing to practically love people? Share some ideas!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 1:34 pm

    I came across this and I think you have a nice idea. Did it work well?

    • Lex permalink
      December 8, 2009 2:47 pm

      Hey Roland, thanks. I made four and so far my husband has given away one. He said the guy that he gave it to initially got excited about food, but when my husband told him there was more than food and he actually looked in the bag he got REALLY excited. “Man, I can USE this stuff! Thank you so much, brotha.” :)

      So definitely give it a shot. Do you meet/see homeless people much where you are, Roland?

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