Ideas for Making Care Packages for the Homeless
Published September 13th, 2019
Nowadays, you may notice that lots of homeless people wander in the streets. There are times that you were able to come across some of them when you’re outside, or you’re on your way to your home.
Because of this, it may already have crossed your mind on how you could help them.
Aside from offering help in soup kitchens, there are other ways you can help the homeless. You can donate to charity or give them care packages.
A homeless care package is a bag full of necessities that you prepare ahead of time to give to those in need that you may come across.
This way, you can give it or pass it to the homeless directly.
For instance, you come across a homeless man on your way to work. You can give them the care package that’s already in your bag or in your car that you prepared beforehand.
Having a homeless care package on hand, you can feed someone without giving any money. It’s much better to give food and toiletries to the homeless. In this case, you can make sure that they cannot buy any substance to sustain their addiction if there are any.
So what should you include in your homeless care package? Here are some ideas for making care packages for the homeless.
Before you think of anything, it’s important to prepare a bag that is heavy duty and durable.
Homeless people usually wanders a lot. They transfer from places to places to find a comfortable place to stay for the night. Basically, they would need a bag that can carry everything they need inside.
A plastic bag with Ziplocs will be a great help to them. In this way, the food can be separated from the toiletries.
Non-Perishable Food & Water
You need to consider the situation when you think of giving food and beverages to the homeless. They usually don’t have access to refrigerators so you need to include food that can last for a while.
You can include in your package some food that has protein and energy so that it can sustain them for the next few days.
Here’s a list of some food that you can include in your package:
- Pudding cups
- Trail mix
- Beef jerky
- Granola bar
- Fruit snacks
- Crackers with peanut butter or cheese
You can also include 1-3 bottles of water in your care package. Avoid giving soda for it will just make them more thirsty afterward.
Soap, shampoo, tissue, toothpaste, and a toothbrush can be included in your care package. This is to help the homeless take care of themselves and not to have fear of how they smell.
If you include these toiletries on your care package, be sure to put it in a Ziploc. In case the soap or shampoo spills, it won’t ruin the taste of the food.
Bible, Tracts, and Devotionals
We may not be sure of the religion of the homeless we may come across. But as Christians, it’s our duty to share the gospel to everyone – especially the homeless. They need it the most during these tough times. They need something to be inspired and help them not to lose hope.
These are one of the many things you can include in your homeless care package. Remember, it doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s the thought that matters most.
Giving away a care package may not end homelessness. But it’s the least we can do in spreading kindness to everyone we meet along the way.
Donate To The Poor Online
Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen has fed the poor and homeless over 90,000 full and nutritious meals since 1993. You can donate to help the poor and homeless through our christian charity online. Visit our homepage to find our online donation form.
About The Author
As a nurse, Franchette Agatha Jardin wants to spread the news about the benefits of giving and compassion. As a volunteer author her writing reflects her Christian upbringing and compassion for giving.