A few weeks ago, we got together with our fun playgroup friends and made Blessing Bags. Shelley read about these bags on a blog and shared the idea with us. We loved the idea. Todd and I are in the middle of reading Francis Chan's Crazy Love with our small group. It is intense and quite possibly the most challenging book I have ever read. It has left us searching for opportunities to love the way that Christ loves. "He gave us something for which we could never repay. Him. And then He asks us to keep giving like He gives." Making these Blessing Bags for the less fortunate in our community was a great opportunity to get our children involved in answering the Lord's call for a spirit of giving.
We each chose five or six items and brought six each of them. Toothbrushes, lotions, chapstick, tuna packets, deoderant, peanuts, a pair of socks, etc. Then we laid them all out on the table and the kids divided them into gallon ziploc baggies.
Now, we will carry our Blessing Bags with us in our cars so that when we come across someone in need- along the side of the road, in a parking lot, or elsewhere we will be able to hand them our bag of essentials and hopefully provide a blessing in their lives!
Thanks Shelley for the great idea and the fabulous pictures!!!