A Summer Project for You and Your Kids!

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I know I’ve been a little less frequent with my blogs lately, and I can’t promise that you’ll see much improvement on that front in the near future. I’m so close to having this baby girl and I’m also trying to enjoy every moment with my boys that I can while they’re home for the summer. On that note, however, I am here today to bring you a fun and thought-provoking summer project for you and your kids to do together. It’s a great conversation-starter and it’s easy, too!

The boys and I are making homeless bags. What are homeless bags? Large Ziploc bags that we keep in our car and have handy when we see someone on the side of the road asking for help. How many times have we all been out of cash or in a rush and had no time to go back and help someone when our heart really felt as if we should? By keeping these bags handy, you’ll never have to worry about that again!

The moments when we come across someone in need are great teaching moments for our kids. Do we impact them by turning our head the other way and ignoring the problem altogether? Do we make snide remarks about how they should get a “real job”? Or do we take that moment to instill in our children a worldview that includes those less fortunate and shows them that we can make a difference one small step at a time?

The bags are really easy to make! All you need to do it pick up 1-gallon or 2-gallon size Ziploc bags as well as the items to go in them. Here are a few suggestions, but feel freedom to add whatever you think will help!

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A comb
  • A gift card for a fast food restaurant or super market
  • deodorant
  • A small Bible or book
  • Napkins, tissues, and/or wet wipes
  • A water bottle
  • A granola bar

I have watched my boys absolutely light up in excitement when we go to pick out the items for our bags. It is fun, it helps them think past themselves, and it may just change someone’s life! Feel free to share your own bag suggestions or stories below!

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