How to Make Blessing Bags to Give Back This Year

Find out how these blessing bags can make a difference in your community. ❤️

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Bring a little joy to those in need with DIY blessing bags!

Want to make someone’s day a little brighter? Kindness doesn’t cost much, and these DIY blessing bags could delight someone affected by homelessness. It can also be a great opportunity to teach your kids about helping others in need and show them how a little generosity can go a long way.❤️

A variety of toiletries, snacks and other items on a table

What should you put in your DIY blessing bags?

If you’ve got a surplus of unused essential items like toothpaste, deodorant, tissues, and hand sanitizer, don’t let them sit in a drawer and collect dust. Instead, give them to someone in your community who really needs them!

If you don’t have any supplies on hand, try to buy them in bulk at places like Sam’s Club, Costco, Walmart, or even Amazon, so you save money with the larger quantity purchase. You can also find a number of cheap items at Dollar Tree like I did!

A ziploc bag filled with toiletries and other items

Thoughtful items to use when filling your blessing bags:

  • Toiletries: deodorant, toothbrushes, razors, soap, shampoo, shaving cream, period products
  • Cold weather essentials: Hand warmers, socks, scarves, gloves, chapstick
  • Food/drinks: Bottled water, Gatorade, granola bars, trail mix, tuna/cracker packs, beef jerky, other non-perishables
  • Other personal care items: Sunscreen, lotion, feminine hygiene products, washcloths, kleenex, bandaids
  • Small-denomination gift cards for coffee & food

A hand placing some beef jerky in a freezer bag

Here are a few budget-friendly finds to include in your blessing bags:

If you don’t know where to donate your blessing bags, refer to your city’s Homeless Shelter Directory for a list of nearby locations. You can also keep a few bags in your car in case you spot someone in need.

A hand holding a ziploc bag full of items

Get others in the giving spirit with you!

What’s better than giving away 10 blessing bags? Giving away 20 or 30! Invite your friends, coworkers, and family members to join in your blessing bags activity—the more the merrier! If they can’t donate their time to help fill the bags, ask if they can help by donating the supplies. They might already have a number of items sitting in their closet or pantry at home.

A hand placing a card inside a Ziploc bag

Want to make your blessing bags more thoughtful? Add a note of encouragement!

Sometimes a few short and sweet encouraging words are enough to lift someone’s spirits. Whether it’s a kindness quote or a simple message of encouragement, it could have more of an impact than you think.

Blessing bags don’t have to be just a holiday occasion. Shelters, food banks, and individuals affected by homelessness have needs year-round, so never underestimate the impact of your giving! ❤️


Looking for more ways to spread kindness? Check out these sweet ideas!