Blessing Bags…

Welcome to my blog and today’s post which is part of the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

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My theme this year is: An Intimate Look at the Homeless and Mental Health Epidemic in America, which is the subtitle of my next book, The Stranger In My Recliner.

Today’s Letter is:

a-z B


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My husband is a disabled veteran so we spend some time at the VA Hospital in Philadelphia. At any time of day or night homeless people, young, elderly, children and veterans can be seen walking in the middle of the roads that surround the hospital.

It is honestly frightening for me to catch a red light in that area. I am not trying to be mean or politically incorrect but the facts are some of them suffer from mental illness and are not taking their medication, some are addicted, some are desperate and almost all of them feel complete hopelessness which is heartbreaking.

My husband has no problem giving them money. I prefer handing out blessing bags. Sometimes those bags just hold a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a bottle of water and at other times they hold more.

This is a simple thing we can all do to make another human being, someone who is down about as far as one can go feel a ray of hope if only for a few minutes.

If you frequently travel in an area like this you could keep several bags in your car. If you plan to go into an area for the purpose of delivering bags, bring a friend and be careful.

Item suggestions for Blessing Bags:

  • sandwiches
  • blankets
  • cookies
  • sleeping bags
  • energy bars
  • small pillows
  • snack crackers
  • towels
  • water
  • clothes
  • orange juice
  • laundry detergent
  • plasticware
  • tote bags
  • napkins
  • note pads/pens
  • dry shampoo
  • books
  • wipes
  • dog food/treats (many of them have pets)
  • tooth brushes/paste
  • sweaters/coats
  • hand sanitizer
  • advil/tylenol
  • brushes/combs
  • prepaid phones/cards

Can you think of any other items that would be useful?


Quote Believe in HOPE

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