Guess where I got the idea to make “care bags” for the homeless–you guessed—Pinterest!
I went to Sam’s and bought most of the individually wrapped food items and to Wal-Mart for the personal care items. I plan on giving a pack to friends and family to keep in their cars for when the opportunity presents itself. In warmer months, people will be standing at certain intersections with signs…but I haven’t seen any lately.
Here’s a photo of the finished pack…
I’ve done a variety of volunteer work in the past…ranging from babysitting abused women’s babies who are living in shelters…tutoring children…pouring sodas at a Cincinnati Charity…serving Hors d’oeuvre at a fundraiser…chaperoning kids at a church sponsored church event, helping to sort food at the Free Store Food Bank, delivering Christmas (tree, food, presents) to a deserving family in Over-the-Rhine area in Cincinnati, etc. etc.
There are so many charities…it’s difficult to decide which ones to get involved with. But I’ve been drawn to the homeless people lately. Perhaps my recent visit to San Francisco where there are a lot of homeless has sparked this interest.
Now to find the homeless people. I live in a suburb…but I know what areas I need to go to…to find them. I don’t like to give them money in case they have a drug or alcohol issue.
I believe most of us can’t imagine what it would be like to live on the streets (especially in the cold) and have people pass by us without even acknowledging our existence. Stray dogs get more attention. It’s quite appalling. I know that many of them have a drug or alcohol dependence, but they didn’t start off saying…I think I want to grow up to be a “drug addict”!
I’ll do what I can…when I can. Peace to all!!