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Thursday, February 8

How Blessing Bags Make an Impact

The Impact of a Blessing Bag

As you create and pass out blessing bags within your own area, be it our bags that we offer to churches and other non profits or your own DIY Blessing Bags, it's important to understand the impact of what passing out bags can do.

Getting Data back from your blessing bags can be key in how you further pass them out in the future. The reality however, is that you can't ask a homeless person to jump online and fill out a survey, so what can you do?

Old Fashion Talking

One of the keys in getting back feedback for the bags you pass out is simply asking. believe it or not, many people, regardless of lifestyle or situation, can give you feedback.

When I was first starting out a couple years ago with passing out Blessing Bags, I would often get feedback. One of the first changes I made in the bags was by feedback I got from women. They would tell me that they could really use feminine products, something that I never really thought about to begin with. The same thing for our senior citizen Blessing Bags too.

So after a while I started to change a handful of the bags to help with issues just like that. Labeling them with a small dot or mark on the mark the bag will help determine what to pass out to whom and that's a smart idea to help identify the bag types if you can.

Feedback From Other Organizations 

You can also get feedback from the organizations that hand out your blessing bags too. For example, our public charity works with many churches and many other non profits that reach out to places where we can't.

We recently had an organization tell us that the foiled tuna pouches that we started placing in our bags was not only a big hit, but many people wanted more of them. Take my friend Kathy, she works for another non profit called Helping SouthEast. We provide blessing bags to them every other month and we got some positive feedback in what we do.

Impact, Impact, IMPACT!

Perhaps the BEST type of feedback is by people themselves that use blessing bags. While you will not normally get much int he way of feedback, sometimes it does come across every now and then.

If you receive feedback, good or bad, then you are starting to make an impact within the community. As you start to provide bags on a regular basis, you will hopefully start to see some great changes locally but also you will see an increase in demand for your bags too.

Always listen to what others have to say and adjust your bags contents as needed or during the time of year. For example, if you live in a part of the United States where winters are cold, change your bags contents to include cheap gloves or a pair of socks. In areas that see really hot summers, change the bag by providing SPF sunblock or lip baum.

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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