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Saturday, February 10

Best Way to Build Blessing Bags

Building Blessing Bags the Smart Way

When it comes to putting blessing bags together, there is an easy way and a hard way. While we all know this, many churches or other organizations tend to operate in a hard way.

Truth be told, you can often times create blessing bags with just one or two people and today I'm going to share with you some insights on how we make blessing bags here at our organization. Our insights should help you in your own endeavors in building these bags for your local community.

Assembly Line

If you're going to make these bags, the best way is to have an assembly line of some sort. The best thing to do is setup an operation table where you can build a bag and have a box to put them in at the end.

Normally an 8ft folding table or location with enough space should be good enough to create the bags. On the left end of the table, start with the plastic bags and inserts themselves. Here at our non-profit, we use the Blessing Bag Postcards as inserts.

From there, we have 2-3 large totes at any given time filled with the various items people have donated to the program or items we purchase through our volume discount pricing with places like Wal-Mart or Amazon.

Starting from the left, take a bag, place an insert if you have one, then slowly take the bag and walk down the table and place your items into the bags until the bag it full or meets your own requirements.

At the end, we keep a large tote where we place the finished bag and keep them in large 20 gallon totes for storage until use.

Creating a station like this will enable a single person to create anywhere from 50-100 bags per hour. And since most of the items are in larger totes, as a tote becomes empty, we simply stop the assembly process and place the empty tote with a full one of similar items.

Additionally, we try to keep a food tote at the end of the assembly line. This helps prevent food from being crushed by other items and it keeps the food or snack items at the top of the bag, more likley to be used first and foremost.

The 20 gallons totes generally fit about 65-75 bags within reason and on a normal 8 hour work day a volunteer can create several hundred bags for the organization.

While your church or organization might not produce the level of bags that we do, you can easily replicate this process on a smaller scale or setup several of these mini work stations to fill the bags.

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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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