For many in the prepping community, it isn’t “all about me.” The media has created a lot of negative connotations in regards to emergency preparedness. Many outsiders think members of the prepping community are selfish and care about no one outside of their immediate circle. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only do many experts suggest stocking extra supplies for sharing during an emergency, many preppers share their blessings on a regular basis and in non-emergency times. They give to charity organizations and food pantries. They participate in community service and education.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17
In our recent troubled economy, there is a good chance you have seen members of your community impacted in the worst way. Some may have lost their homes and jobs. Some may have ended up on the streets. Many more fortunate individuals see these individuals at truck stops and street corners and think, “I want to do something, but I didn’t know what to do…so I did nothing.” There is something you can do, and it doesn’t need to cost you much – if anything.
Blessing bags are a simple thing that can make a big impact. When you are living on the street, even the most routine tasks can become a luxury. Imagine not being able to put on clean socks in the morning or brush your teeth. A small plastic bag filled with personal care items could make someone’s day.
As my husband has mentioned in the past, I am a couponer. Therefore I often come across the opportunity to score free toiletries, snack bars and more. This is a great opportunity to help others even if you are operating on the smallest budget (everyone can afford free). There is also a good chance you walk out of every dentist visit with a new toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. These are great items to include in a blessing bag, and again, they come at no cost to you so there are no excuses.
- Bottle of water
- Clean socks
- Protein bars
- Fruit cups
- Cleansing wipes
- Lip balm
- Book or deck of cards
I have also seen some included $5 gift cards to coffee shops or even a couple of dollars cash. Gift cards can become a little difficult to hand out based on your location or if you are a frequent traveler. They are your blessing bags however; you decide how to pack them.
These should all be non-perishable items and can be packaged up in one-gallon freezer bags. Keep a few in your vehicle for handing out to those in need as you travel. You can donate bags to your local homeless shelters or food banks. You can also pack blessings bags for inclusion in your preps. You can even add a few inexpensive extras like a [simpleazon-link asin=”B008DEYGJQ” locale=”us”]thermal blanket[/simpleazon-link], [simpleazon-link asin=”B005X1YNA4″ locale=”us”]fire starter[/simpleazon-link], etc.
Is giving back part of your prepping lifestyle?