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  1. Colleen Johnson
    December 2, 2020 @ 12:50 pm

    Giving goody bags to the homeless has been on my heart. My husband says, they’ll just throw it away as that’s why they always leave so much trash around.
    Is this a true statement, or do the homeless appreciate goody bags?
    I understand the dos and don’ts pretty much of what to put in, but is it worth the time, effort and money?

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    • Dawn Miller
      January 19, 2021 @ 12:04 pm

      That’s not true… There’s so many people who are in need right now, and just because your husband doesn’t think highly of the idea doesn’t mean he’s right. I’m also researching how to go about this the right way, I want to help those with mental health issues as well as other needs so definitely do some research into your cause before investing, we have to remember that they are still people regardless of their circumstances and sometimes all it takes is that one act of kindness. They are in constant survival mode because that’s all they know. anything foreign is going to feel threatning to someone who’s already struggling so don’t go by yourself and don’t approach them without asking to first, not everyone is willing to accept help from people it’s a pride thing.. I think giving to those in need is a great idea, I don’t like the idea of using the words as needy or poor though, it carries a negative stigma, anyone can overcome their circumstances, it’s up to them to do so when they are ready, but the reality is alot don’t know anything other than what they know now so we just have to do what we can and have some patience with them if they aren’t accepting right away.

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    • Dawn Miller
      January 19, 2021 @ 12:09 pm

      to answer your question, yes it is worth it. If you don’t feel comfortable approaching people directly when you see them in need, call local homeless shelters and ask if they’re taking donations and take them directly there so they can hand them out as needed. I apologize if I got off subject… I tend to be a rambler lol You got the right idea I think you’ll do great if you choose to do so.

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  2. CP
    February 4, 2021 @ 1:50 pm

    We all need God”s grace and mercy.
    We all can be one-step away from being homeless ourselves, because of the pandemic Covid-19.
    I saw your list of what you include into your blessing bags. I think Its also good idea to include; facemasks & hand sanitizer for them so they can also have some protection against COVID-19.
    Because it is a blessing bag (it is good to give uplifting messages of hope to bless them with) like a card. I also ask them if they would like a Bible. So they can have access to the word of God themselves.
    So I agree, It is important to be careful, Ive had some scary encounters. You should go in pairs to hand out these bags, if possible. Just remember to be always be kind.

    Matt 25: 35-36
    For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

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  3. Mary Beth Waters
    May 3, 2021 @ 10:23 pm

    I love this article. I have done the same thing for kids in crisis. I call them love packets. I wonder if the shelters would still accept them because of the pandemic? I know God wants me to start up the ministry again, but I am at a loss where to start. God bless everyone, and be blessings!

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