We told them a story about folks living under bridges and how to make a gift bag for homeless people.
After some good exercise playing volleyball, we shared real life stories, read a few Bible verses and ate good food!
Planning is an excellent way to be prepared for maximizing the potential of opportunities that come our way.
Making a care package for a homeless person is easy and inexpensive. The dollar stores have many cheap items. We provide a water bottle with a Bible Verse label courtesy of the Bread of Life Church. We've posted the YWAP Homeless Care Kit Packing Advice below.
Packing A Care Gift for the Homeless
A typical Care Kit consists of a watertight gallon-size zipper lock plastic bag filled with items like:
- Water bottle
- Tuna and crackers
- Granola Bar or cereal bar
- Fruit snack or applesauce cup
- Crackers with peanut butter or cheese
- Gift certificate to fast food
- Hand wipes
- Pack of Kleenex
- Maxi pads
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Nail clippers
- Band Aids
- Comb or small brush
- Mints, cough drops or gum
- Mini Fliers with ways the Mission can meet their needs
- Note of encouragement or uplifting Bible verse
- Beef sticks
- Don’t be in a hurry. It’s okay to slip it out your window to someone on a street corner or freeway ramp. But consider taking time to park the car and hand-deliver it.
- Smile. This person probably gets ignored by hundreds of people every day.
- Make eye contact. It shows that the person matters.
- Don’t give money. It’s your decision, of course, but we generally discourage giving cash. Instead, ask what their immediate need is and consider how you can help. Buy them a meal? A bus ticket?
- Be available to have a conversation. Some people won’t want to talk, so be sensitive. Others will be delighted to tell you their story.
- Pray. Before you go, while you go, for the people you encounter. Ask the person if they would like you to pray for them right there.
- Be wise. The majority of homeless men and women are not dangerous — they’re people just like you. But it’s smart to go out as a group when handing out Care Kits.
- Inspire others. Share your story of handing out Care Kits with us. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org