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Monday, December 18

Helping the Homeless

Helping Others Grow....

Our mission statement, yup that's it.

It's NOT a big one nor is it backed by millions of dollars like some of these other large, almost corporate like organizations that are charities.

What we do at Blessing Bags is extremely important and one of the things that we do here is work with those that are homeless and WANT to get back into society.

I say WANT because sadly there are those that want others to just do everything for them, provide them with food, a place to stay and just take care of them. But it's not everyone...

Throughout the year we meet with many people that are just trying ti squeak by, many living under pay check to pay check like most American's.

We help by giving them a small bag filled with hope.

It's not big, a typical quart sized plastic bag. We fill it with items they can actually use. Some typical items you will find include toothpaste, a toothbrush, a comb, razor, shampoo, lotion, lip lamb, deodorant, feminine products for women. We have more that goes into each bag but that is typical.

Why do we put those types of items and not food?

Well, most communities in the United States have a rescue mission of some type. They provide food, sometimes shelter and programs that help get them back onto their feet.

What we do is help supplement those that are trying to get back to normal.

I want you to think for a minute...

When you take a shower, you have a bar of soap. You have shampoo. What if you didn't have any? What if you had a job interview and you needed to be at your best in hopes of getting that job?

Something as simple as being clean and smelling good could make or break a homeless person.

Even if they weren't on a job interview, just feeling human again can make a world of difference.

I see it most days. Homeless people wondering the streets, some looking to panhandling, some looking for a fix for a habit they have, some, they just want to live again. They want to work, they want a place to live, a life.

We provide that extra, bump to help.

The National Coalition for the Homeless says that nearly 3.5 million families, with 1.35 million of them being children, experience homelessness during a typical year on average for about 69 days.

During a typical given day there are about 500,000 homeless in the United States. While that number is low, it's still something that needs to be addressed within out cities, our towns and communities.

While our program is still growing, we are slowly helping them, one bag at the time.

Learn the various ways that you can help get the word out and to support our program in your community!

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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