Awhile back while surfing on Pinterest, I came across a pin to "Blessings Bags" or "Karma Kits." These are Ziploc baggies of toiletries, food, and other comforts that would help a person living on the street.
Today I stopped at Target and made up some kits of my own. I got 12 of everything, so we can keep a few in each car, as well as bring some with us when we go downtown, as there is always a large homeless population down there.
The first thing I did was separate out the toiletries from the food into a separate plastic bag. I didn't want the smell of the deodorant to get into the food. Everything I got was travel size and was lucky to find multi-packs of a lot of things.
Then I packaged up each kit, taking one of each item. Some things, like the granola bars didn't come in packs of 12, so I had to get two boxes of 8. So some kits have doubles, but I figured that was okay. Here's the list of things that I included in each of my kits:
- Wet Ones hand wipes
- Travel toothbrush
- Listerine breath strips
- Socks (I splurged and got the ones with thicker toes and heels)
- Instand oatmeal
- Oatmeal granola bars (these are soft and easier to chew than other granola bars)
- Peanut butter crackers
- Tea bag
- Chocolate square (I found this super cheap and thought they might be a nice surprise)
- Fruit cup
- Old El Paso Tortilla Stuffers (this is something I found at Target. It has meat, beans and rice all mixed together. It's just heat and serve. Figured it wouldn't be horrid just out of the bag either).
- Plastic spoon