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Wednesday, November 8

Roanoke Citizens Help with Donations

One of the key ingredients here at the Blessing bag program is getting various donations form everyday people just like you! One of the most popular things that we get are donations of items that actually go inside our bags and we are happy to accept them!

We typically look for small items that will fit inside a quart sized plastic bag, enough for 8-10 items. While we do have a working list of things that we like to have inside the bags, not everything that gets donated makes it into the bags.

For those items, such as full sized shaving cream, we usually given to local churches or other organizations that could use them. Sometimes we also get food donations and if they have recently expired, we simply toss them out, it's not that the food could be bad but its a liability thing here, I know, crazy lawyer garbage right?

How Does It Work? 

Well pretty simple actually. I try to hold one evening a week over near Valley View/Crossroads Mall area where I park my car and meet with people to collect the various listed items. For some, they provide hundreds of dollars worth of things, others small bag filled with hotel shampoo, soaps, lotions and the like too.

One great place to purchase items is at Dollar Tree and we recommend that people shop there for the travel items such as deodorants, razors, shaving creams and the like. Another great place for affordable travel items is Walmart, they can usually be found in the Health and Beauty section of a SuperCenter.

If you do shop at these places for items, you notice that creating a bag with 8-10 items can be a bit pricey, about $1 per item. While that's that not a bad thing, I have been able to negotiate some wonderful rates with companies like Amazon and Dollar Tree in order to have more buying power.

For each $1 we receive,  we are able to purchase approximately 4-5 items, roughly $2.00-$2.50 for a bag filled with 8-10 items. It's partly buying in bulk and partly being a non-profit organization.

Regardless of what items you donate, as long as they fit within the bags and they are good and unused, we are happy to accept them for our local homeless and those in extreme poverty.  When you make a donation of any kind you are helping people grow right here in our neighborhood!

Want to make a donation to the program?

Learn more by checking out the donation link.

Is the director of the Blessing Bag Program which started in 2016. From personally funding the program to becoming a small non-profit, Joshua not only oversee's the making of the bags ,but works with others in the community to make sure they get into the hands of the homeless and needy. Joshua runs the program in his spare time when not working fulltime.

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