How to Make Homeless Care Packages: On-The-Go Bags

by - 10/24/2018 12:00:00 AM

Growing up. I was always raised to help those in need and to volunteer my time. Naturally growing up in the inner city, I saw a need in my community and created a nonprofit organization. I’m not sure if I have seen the idea on social Media or Pinterest. However, I love the concept of carrying homeless bags with you in your car for those in need. I love that you can also personalize these bags to fit your needs. I like to include a combination of food, hygiene products, and money/gift cards. I also opt to not have my bags gender specific. Below I’m sharing a list of products that you can include in your homeless bags as well. I'm also sharing a link below to a video that I created and shared on Instagram showing the items that I include in my bags for those in need.

Homeless Bags Ideas

  • Bottled Water
  • Socks
  • Tuna and crackers
  • Granola Bar
  • Cereal bar
  • Fruit snack 
  • Applesauce cup
  • Fruit Cup
  • Trail mix
  • Jello
  • Crackers with peanut butter 
  • Crackers with cheese
  • A gift certificate to local fast food
  • Deodorant
  • Liquid soap
  • Handwarmers  
  • Hand wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pack of Kleenex
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Mouthwash 
  • Nail clippers
  • Band-Aids (varies sizes)
  • Chapstick 
  • Comb 
  • Small brush
  • Mints
  • Cough drops 
  • Gum
  • Card

Instagram Video 

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  1. What a great idea! My sister's church makes up bags like this and the members pay a small fee that goes toward mission outreach. My sister keeps a supply of these bags in her trunk to give out to the homeless. It's such a simple and effective way to help.

  2. I knew someone who kept these in her trunk to give out. A few years ago, we did a thing at our church where we took up items and made them into care packages and passed them out during the cold months.

  3. This is definitely something I would be interested in. We have a lot of homeless here and I would love to give them something.

  4. This is a true display of giving and the ideas are so useful those less fortunate. I need to show my kids that we are lucky and to help othere.

  5. What a wonderful idea. We are heading to NYC in a few weeks and I think I will make a few of these and bring them with me when I go.

  6. In the past we have broken up the packages and made a toiletry bag and a food bag for the homeless shelters. Plus we have done bags for the women shelters as well.

  7. What a great idea. I need to do these with my kids. I always want them to be grateful for what they have and to know it's important to help others.

  8. I love this! I got Ipsy for a few years and saved all the make up bags. Now I put in $5, soap, a small comb, a package of cheese and crackers, shampoo, and candy treat. My friends all save the hotel soaps and shampoos for me. I love giving out the cheerful bags.

  9. Terrific idea! Unfortunately we see homeless people on the street corner all the time. My kids always want to try and help or ask questions. This would be a great way they could help.

  10. This is something that is on my heart. I am so glad to see your post because it is the motivation I need to make these now.

  11. I definitely prefer giving these to giving money. I understand that there are so many people in need, but I just can't in good conscience give money. I'm all about helping though!

  12. This is such a beautiful idea. My oldest does something similar for the holidays.

  13. this is a great way to help look out for those who need help. Keeping them handy will go a long way for some folks.

  14. I love this idea! I'm always looking for ways to help others and I'm definitely going to try something like this sometime soon.

  15. This is such a great and amazing thing to do. I've always wanted to help the homeless more. I do whenever I can but, this would help so much.

  16. this is helpful for groups who organizes outreach programs for the homeless. It is also perfect to those who are victims of natural calamities.

  17. I LOVE this idea. I struggle with giving them money, because there are definitely a lot of scammers, but I also feel really bad because what if they do really need help? The blessing bags are amazing, and I keep thinking I need to make some up. I've seen a few homeless people out with their babies lately and it just completely breaks my heart.

  18. Every year we donate care packages to the homeless during Thanksgiving and Christmas. I'm so glad I found this post because I got some new ideas for this year. Thanks!


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