Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Readymade Packets for the Homeless

Jennifer Schmidt recently wrote a post for the (In)Courage site called The Hidden Face of Homelessness. I found her post so appealing that I would like to bring your attention to it. You can find the full post at (In)Courage: The Hidden Face of Homelessness.

What Ms. Schmidt is suggesting is so obvious but unlikely to have been thought of very many people. She prepares "care packages for the homeless" that she carries around with her and hands out when she happens to run into a homeless person. Here is what she suggests including in a care package:

1. Hand warmers, gloves
2. Snacks
3. Wet Wipes
4. Toothbrush/toothpaste
5. Water bottle
6. Mints/gum/cough drops
7. Kleenex
8. Chapstick
9. Note/bible verse
10. Pillar candles

This is something we can all do, both for those that we take to dinner and those we just occasionally run into. I will say "yes" to her question: "Will you join me [in carrying and giving out care packages]?" How about you?


  1. YES! Strange ( or maybe not so strange ) that one of the sweet ladies at our parish is doing just that ( I only found this out last Sunday!)~
    God works in mysterious ( or not so mysterious ways) in bringing people of like minds together!
    Nancy & Angus

  2. Indeed, God does! Thanks for sharing that information.

  3. I'm glad you shared this info and idea. The link posted is missing a crucial "h" in the address to make it clickable!

    Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to comment, Elizabeth! BTW have either of you heard of this site that recently became popular in educating about the homeless situation:

  4. Thanks, Diana, for the correction. I have gone back and fixed the link.

    No, I have not heard about the invisible people blog. I will check it out.