For years, Brad and I have always said “We need to get the kids involved in helping others.” We wanted to do a family service project helping others but we never seemed to do it or be able to find an activity that the entire family could do together. If you are thinking or saying the same thing to yourself…stop right here…..
Last year, Corrin and I joined a local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group. We would meet to socialize, have fellowship, and to learn something new or make a craft. One Monday, we made “Blessing Bags.” The premise is that you make bags that you keep in your car, fill them with a few essentials, and give them out to someone that you see that is in need. We put items that maybe homeless people or people down on their luck could use (large ziplock bag, bottle water, bar of soap, cereal bar, can of soup, crackers, fruit cup, wipes, a spoon, and an uplifting note). The idea was to keep the bag in your car and when you see someone that could use it, you hand it to them. Each mom made two bags to put in their cars. It was very neat to hear the stories of people “giving out their bags.”
Corrin and I decided that our kids could easily be apart of this project! This is an easy family service project that all ages can participate in. We invited our neighbors across the street to come over and participate because their kids (Riley and Bentley) love to serve others and are super sweet! First we went to SAMS to buy the items in bulk. Next the kids got started on making cards to put in the bags. They drew happy pictures and put inspirational quotes “Jesus Loves You.”
The kids then made an assembly line where they assembled the bags. Each child took a few bags with them to give out. I gave my in-laws two bags to keep in their car. I remember my father in law telling us how neat it was to give the bags out.
The bags are very easy to distribute. We are all driving around town and see people (kids and adults) in need. This would be a great project for your family to do during the Thanksgiving or Christmas Holidays.