As a veteran, I know how important foot care is. When you’re homeless, foot care becomes both more complicated and more critical. Socks are seldom donated items and yet much needed. Creating blessing bags for the homeless for foot care is a gift that will be truly appreciated. You can make these homeless care packages with your family, including young children, or with a group.
I’ve worked with the homeless for years. Knowing what is most helpful allows you to create blessing bags that will truly be a blessing.
When you’re homeless having warm, comfortable feet is a luxury. Their socks and shoes are often worn out, ill-fitting and not of the best quality. That’s a very uncomfortable combination.
Socks and foot care items are rarely donated and so they are often hard to come by for the homeless.
Blessing Bags for the Homeless – Foot Care
I find it best to place the homeless care package items in a plastic ziplock bag. It keeps everything clean and safely contained. It can also be later used for other purposes.
We set up stations with one type of item at each station. Each person takes a ziplock bag and “trick or treats” through each station, taking an item and placing it their bag. Young children love “trick or treating” and filling their bag with items. Simply have an adult check each bag to make sure that all the items are included.
- Thick Socks
- Keeping feet warm during the winter and cushioned in older or ill-fitting shoes makes a world of difference.
- Colorful Socks
- Who doesn’t need a little happy color in their life?
- Thin Socks
- These are great for layering under thicker socks in cold weather.
- This helps cushion skin from shoes that rub.
- Nail Clipper Set
- Foot Warmers
- Foot Powder
- Wet Wipes
Consider purchasing socks in different sizes. Be sure to mark the outside of the plastic bags with the sock sizes.
The purpose of creating blessing bags is make a connection with a person and let them know that you care. Be sure to add a personal note to each and every bag. Having children draw a picture or write a heart-felt note is a beautiful encouragement. You can also print out these notes and add them to your blessing bags for the homeless.
Additional Items to Include
- Hard Candy
- Granola or Protein Bars
- Water Bottle
- Dried Fruit or Veggies
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Lip Balm
- Cash or Gift Card to local restaurant in the amount of approximately $5 to $10.
- This allows the recipient to choose their own meal and drink, to have access to a warm or air conditioned chair and table and access to the bathroom to wash up or use.
You can donate these blessing bags to your local homeless shelter or food bank. You can also carry several in your car so that you’re ready to help anyone you may run into where ever you go.
These blessing bags for the homeless for foot care will be greatly appreciated. They’re a wonderful way to help your community.