Christmas Gift Bags

by lostindrawers

The holidays are our favorite time of the year, but it isn’t all about self-indulgence and presents. It is about giving back for all that we have been given. Something we should do all year long. One of Bo’s co-workers presented us with this opportunity to give back. We have often thought, when giving to those who by circumstance are forced to live on the streets, what people who are without homes or in transition need on a daily basis. The Labre Society addresses this question every year, when they pack 700 adult and 40 children’s’ reusable backpacks with the things they need. This is so amazing and exactly what we have been looking for in a volunteering opportunity. We have found it very hard to volunteer at times, because many organizations do not provide adequate information and are difficult to get in contact with. Labre Society provides clear and simple information and their website provides more in depth information into the program. We are so excited to get involved and pack these bags with other who see the need and are stepping up to make a difficult time of the year just a little better for those in need.
FROM THE LABRE SOCIETY WEBSITE:

Each Christmas Gift Bag is packed with love, containing the following items:

2 All-day bus passes
2 cans of Vienna Sausages
2 bottles of body wash / shampoo
Toiletries

  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Bandages
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Lip Balm
  • Lotion
2 pairs of white cotton socks
2 packages of peanut butter crackers
1 pair of winter gloves
1 knit scarf
1 rain poncho
1 towel
1 pocket Bible
Food

  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Breakfast Bar
  • Bottled Water

Why Do We Give-

Socks?
A successful businessman in Fort Worth once donated a case of socks to a local restaurant which serves Christmas dinner to the homeless.  He expressed his desire that all dinners be accompanied by a pair of white cotton socks.  The reason, he explained, was because he had once been homeless and remembered his biggest need was for a pair of clean, dry socks, as he had to walk everywhere he went.  All gift bags from the Labre Society contain 2 pair of white cotton socks.
Ziplock Bags?
A local agency which serves the homeless was asked what it saw as the biggest need of those living on the streets.  The answer was large ziplock bags, used by the homeless to keep paperwork and clothing dry.  All gift bags contain 2 one-gallon ziplock bags.
Bus Passes?
The recipients of the bags over the years have expressed how important bus passes are to them.  When you have no transportation, an all-day bus pass is priceless.  Recipients have reported using the passes to get to doctor’s appointments and to visit family they would otherwise not see.  If the Labre Society could only provide one item, it would be bus passes.  All gift bags contain 2 all-day bus passes.
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