Now that I have TRULY learned to budget buy/shop, the amount of donations I am giving has quadrupled (to say the least.) I get so many things FREE to cheap that it only makes sense to give back. Two fellow frugal moms had some great ideas on how we can give back to those in need.
Keep McDonald’s gift cards (her family does denominations of $5) in the driver’s side of your car and pass them out as needed. There are McDonald’s everywhere and it gives the person a hot, caloric meal.
Jenni keeps “supply” Ziploc bags stored under the passenger seat in her car. She fills her bags with the following items.
1) individual container of applesauce
2) granola bar
3) can of vienna sausage
4) bottle of water
5) spoon and napkin
6) letter with information about homeless services and stating that this is “God’s love in a bag”
A great thing about Jenni’s bag and Staci’s gift card is you can adapt them to your family and what supplies or restaurants you have in your home/area.
I love them both and I am going to try to start doing this more. What a wonderful lesson this teaches your children, those in the car behind (or in front of ) you, and those we persons we help with our generosity. Let’s use our gifts and give onto others.
PS The letter in Jenni’s bag is copied and pasted below. Perhaps you can use it to adapt to your home/city, etc.
“GOD’S LOVE IN A BAG”
This bag was prepared by a child participating in Vacation Bible School at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Florida. While filling the bag, we prayed for God’s blessings on the people who receive them. We hope you enjoy these items!
Here are some Tallahassee organizations that provide assistance for homeless individuals and families:
480 West Tennessee Street, (850) 224-9055
Provides lodging, meals, showers and laundry services 365 days a year to anyone who requests these services – free of charge – provided they are willing to make a good faith effort to follow policies and procedures. Also provides support services and referrals to other area agencies.
BIG BEND HOMELESS COALITION/HOPE COMMUNITY
2729 West Pensacola Street, (850) 576-5566
Facilitates delivery of services to homeless families and individuals by providing education, advocacy and the coordination of community resources.
THE HAVEN OF REST
510 West Tennessee Street, (850) 224-7313
A rescue mission that accommodates 120-130 men every night, 365 days a year. Activities include: Bible studies, worship services and discipleship classes.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS/HEALTH CARE FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
(850) 521-5700 ext. 1217 or (800) 330-1070 ext. 1217
Call for information about services in the Tallahassee area and for appointments.
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