How To Create Blessing Bags

Blessing bags

In our recent post, Teaching Kids Gratitude, we wrote about ideas to get kids involved in practicing gratitude.

One of our favorite ways is through volunteering as a family. With younger kids, volunteer options can be a bit limited so when a friend mentioned their family had made blessing bags to give away to those in need, we wanted to learn more.

What is a Blessing Bag?

In its simplest definition, a blessing bag is a way to bless others who are in need. The bag contains an assortment of basic toiletries, snacks, etc., and  can be kept in your car so you always have something to give.

Have you ever come across someone on the side of the road asking for help? And you haven’t been sure what to do? More times than I can count, the kids and I have been stopped at a busy intersection with a person holding a sign asking for money.

I want to help, but rarely have cash. And by giving only money, the kids are not involved. A blessing bag is a way for the kids to practice kindness and feel like they are also helping lift someone’s burden.

How to Create a Blessing Bag

You can create blessing bags on your own as a family or you can gather several families together. I’ve heard of neighborhood blocks, churches, scout groups and many others coming together to make these, too.

We created the bags with two other families…because many hands make light work! We divided the items each family would need to bring since it can get costly and overwhelming to purchase and compile everything on your own.

To start, we made a checklist of what we’d need to create the bags. There are several online checklists you can use for ideas. We made our own after looking at what others had included.

Blessing Bag Checklist

  • Gallon-sized ziploc bags
  • Mini (8 oz) bottles of water
  • Mini shampoos/conditioners
  • Sample toothpastes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Floss
  • Mini bars of soap
  • Hand warmers
  • Lip balms
  • Granola bars
  • Boxes of raisins
  • Mints
  • Rolls of quarters (for laundry)

Once everyone had their items, we set a date and met at our house. Our goal was to create 30 bags so each family could take 10 bags with them.

An assembly line on the floor was made. The kids grabbed a ziploc bag and took turns going through the line and adding an item to each bag.

Not only did we want to bless others with necessities, we wanted to bless them with words.

We created small notecards with a bible verse and a note of encouragement to attach to each bag. If the child assembled the bag, they signed their first name to the card and their own little note, if they felt called to do so.

Blessing Others

It didn’t take us long to assemble the bags, and they were given away about as quickly as they were made.

Writing about our experience has made me want to coordinate the making of more blessing bags and have them contain essentials for the winter months. Stay tuned!

Being able to help someone when they are down teaches our kids kindness and compassion. It teaches them to appreciate what they have because we never know when our circumstances might change.

We hope this post has inspired you to bless others!

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
– Mother Teresa

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