This is our 2nd Annual Care Bags For The Homeless project in a row. It's been something that we've been wanting to do for quite sometime and with last year being our first time actually moving forward to do it. The first year was an experience we'd never forget. Here's videos from last year:
//Year 1 - Making The Care Bags
//Year 1 - Giving Care Bags To The Homeless
We use our own money to complete this project. We do ask for donations with old used clothing and blankets. If we do collect money, it will be through raising money from handmade goods such as my Red Velvet Gold Cake Truffles. These we're crafted and super cute.
Once we had our funds, we then got to have even more fun with getting all the stuff for the Care Bags. We purchased the bags from AmVets. It just serves purpose to purchase there and the prices are amazing. We wash the items so they are nice and clean before we hand the bags out. We also did shopping at The Dollar Tree for majority of the items which included hygiene products and food products. We also went to a few other stores like Ross and Target to purchase thermal socks and underwear. We did get some cases of water that was donated by Penske for the homeless. We had fun putting it all together. We did some final touches of putting a positive note in each bag.
Before we passed the bags out, we stopped at McDonald's and purchased a whole lot of hamburgers so we can give each person a few hamburgers to eat. We also provided them a lotto scratcher. The best part in all this was the conversations with them and seeing that even though they don't have much, they are one of the most humble beings you can ever meet. They are people too. Sometimes people look upon them as if they are not human. We never know a person's story and circumstance. It doesn't take much to give each other love and hope.