Working in a low-income neighborhood has been an eye opening experience for me. It has made me realize the blessings and opportunities that have been the norm in my 23 years of life that I unfortunately took for granted. I am thankful to have grown up in a home where I was never concerned about having 3 meals a day, a place to sleep at night, weather appropriate clothing to wear, and extra money for fun activities. Often when I stop for a snack at the 7/11 by work, or am just getting off at the freeway exit in the morning, I notice many people less fortunate then me who have spent the night under a bridge and likely can't remember their last meal. And while I can not provide them with a home or help them search for employment, I am able to make a small difference in their life, through Blessing Bags.
I have started keeping these bags in my car, either in a small canvas tote, or gallon sized Ziploc bag, with items to help those in need. Some snacks, water, and other goodies allow them even just a tiny amount of help. Above is a sample of one of these bags. Some good items to include:
-toothbrush and toothpaste
-snacks (granola bars, oatmeal bars, apple sauce, etc.)
-first aid kit
I encourage you to step outside of your norm and reach out to those who have not been as blessed.