Simple Gifts

Over the weekend we got together with “the fam” for what has become a favorite event–a slumber party. You may think we should have grown out of the slumber party stage after the age of 14 or 15, but we are bringing ’em back for another round. We aren’t in the habit of playing pranks on one another or even staying up until 5am–guess we had enough of that in college (at least the latter). However, we have been known to sit around and eat pizza, talk, watch our favorite shows, and perhaps bust out some sweet dance moves.

This was the fifth or sixth slumber party in the past two years and the first time, to my knowledge, that we did a group project. The project was to make up care packages for the homeless. How many times have you driven out of the grocery store or off the interstate and seen a man, woman, or child holding up a sign asking for help–food, money, beer… anything? The idea of these care packages was originally introduced to us by our friend Tami and we have intended to do this for quite awhile so we were glad to take advantage of our time together. We divided up the list and everyone brought their goods to the party. Saturday morning as we lazed around we sorted everything into ziplock bags and voila, in no time at all we had put together 24 bags, three per person, at a cost of approximately $5 per bag.

This is a great and super easy way to join forces with friends and make a small difference. It’s also a great alternative to giving money. There are a ton of different things you could put into a gallon Ziplock bag. Here’s what we put in our bags to give you some ideas for your own:

  • gloves
  • hand warmers
  • raisins
  • granola bars
  • bottle of water (juice box is great too!)
  • tissues
  • hand sanitizer
  • warm socks
  • stamped envelope and a few sheets of paper

So now, we leave the bags in the car and when we pull up to someone who is in need, we have a great care package that we can hand out the window (or even gently toss if you can’t stop completely). You could even go for a smaller version of these bags that are easier to carry in a purse or bag if you’re not in your car very often, but still have encounters with people who need a little help.

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2 Responses to Simple Gifts

  1. Nancy says:

    LOVE IT! We all have something to add and share – learn to share as one of my new friends says, learn to share. So practical and thoughtful – especially the stamped letter!

  2. Rachel (sista) says:

    I agree with Nancy! This is a great thing to do–may have to make a few for the folks we see around here…

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