Blessings Bag Ministry

Many times we see folks in need on the street corner and feel apprehensive about what we can do to help or we are in a rush and don’t have time to run to a store to grab something for them and would prefer not to give a monetary donation.  Blessings Bags are a wonderful solution to these situations!  It is our goal that everyone associated with St. Paul’s would have a bag in each of their cars to be able to assist those in need when those opportunities arise…which seem to be more and more frequent these days.

Jesus says“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Matthew 25:40

What is a ‘Blessings Bag’?

It is a bag of “goodies” that those who find themselves homeless would greatly appreciate.  Blessings Bags are a great way to make this a regular part of living out our Christian faith.

So it’s time to start collecting items that will distributed!  Please consider picking up a few things the next time you are doing your shopping…in fact, keep this list with your coupons and family shopping list so you can add a little something extra each time you shop.  You can be a blessing to someone!

Items that are needed for our Blessings Bags…

  • Quart- and gallon-size storage bags
  • Bottled water
  • Plastic spoons
  • Plastic forks
  • Socks
  • Handwarmers
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Combs
  • Washcloths
  • Chapstick
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Alcohol Prep Pads
  • Individually wrapped headache relief medication

Travel (hotel) size:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Soap
  • Antibacterial ointment

Individual serving size:

  • Beef Jerky
  • Dried fruits
  • Applesauce
  • Pre-made sandwich crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Tuna fish (with pop top)

Donations may be dropped off in the large display in the narthex.  Thank You!