What to give to the homeless person on the street corner

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Real Estate Agent with Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434

What to give to the homeless person on the street corner

homeless gift bag

Like many others, I've often wondered what's the best way to help a homeless person I see asking for a handout on a street corner. After doing some research, I came up with this idea for a small bag containing some items that may be helpful to most individuals in need:

 

  • a grocery gift card for them to purchase food or other needed personal items
  • 1 or 2 pairs of socks
  • a granola or protein bar
  • a small notepad and pen
  • a note of encouragement or inspiration
  • a quart size zip lock back to hold all ingredients

You can put some of these bags together and keep in your car glovebox and when you see a homeless person you can bless them with some needed items.

 

I'd like to hear any other ideas from anyone for giving to the homeless.

What inspirational note would you include?

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Barbara Michaluk, Realtor

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  3. Joyce Marsh 09/17/2018 02:55 AM
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Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I will not give cash.  I have seen these dirty dressd people walkng down the road a few hours later in nice clean attire.

I offer them  lunch from a fast food place.   If they way no I hae a good idea they are not all that  homeless.

Sep 06, 2018 02:13 PM #1
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Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

William, many are skeptical about just giving cash. That is why I concluded it's better to give a gift card to either a grocery store or fast food restaurant to give.  

Sep 06, 2018 02:18 PM #2
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Tammy Lankford,
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I always keep socks in my car and in winter some blankets and bottled water

Sep 06, 2018 08:18 PM #3
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this suggestion.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Sep 07, 2018 05:02 AM #4
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Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Tammy, thanks for sharing your ideas. I found that socks are one of the most needed items by homeless and especially in colder weather.  This is a good time to stock up and be ready to share.

 

Sep 07, 2018 05:07 AM #5
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

What a great idea, Barbara.  I think I will prepare some of these packets for future use.

Sep 07, 2018 05:31 AM #6
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Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Gabe, I'm happy I inspired you. I did alittle research and determined that CVS would be a good gift card to give since they do not sell tobacco products. Some people want to give to the homeless but don't want to give cash or gift cards where alcohol and tobacco are sold. Have a great weekend!

Sep 07, 2018 05:35 AM #7
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Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Orlando, FL
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I really like this idea.  Very thoughtful and a great suggestion. Thanks Barbara 

Sep 17, 2018 02:58 AM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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What a great idea! I came here from Gabe's reblog. Thanks for sharing.

Sep 17, 2018 03:26 AM #9
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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This may well be a package appreciated at Shelters as well ! Package in bulk and drop them off...checking with the Shelter first of course.

Sep 17, 2018 04:39 AM #10
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Barbara Michaluk,

I'm so glad that Gabe Sanders re-blogged your post as I missed it. What a wonderful idea for the homeless. Thank you for sharing.

Sep 17, 2018 04:50 AM #11
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Barbara. I think this nice but it does require preparation. I'm not sur about the quote thing though.

Sep 17, 2018 05:18 AM #12
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Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Sheila, Here's my suggestion for a inspirational message you could include in your blessing bag. "You matter. You are not forgotten. Hope this Blessing Bag brightens your day."  What do you think about this?

Sep 17, 2018 05:32 AM #13
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Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Joyce and Kat, I hope I can inspire others to take alittle time to put together some of these "Blessing Bags" for the colder months when the homeless need alittle more help.  Certainly, socks, gloves and a knit hat will be most appreciated.

Sep 17, 2018 05:35 AM #14
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Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Sally and David, As a matter of fact, myself and my church group have made 200+ blessing bags in the past and donated them to a local shelter during the winter holiday season.  I suggest you check with your local shelter and inquire what items are most needed.

Sep 17, 2018 05:38 AM #15
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Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
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Dorie, thanks for your comment. I am also happy that Gabe reposted this. My hope is to inspire as many people as I can to do something to reach out and help others in need.

Sep 17, 2018 05:39 AM #16
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Barbara- I am so glad that Gabe Sanders reblogged your post and what a great idea!!!! It really doesn't take much to put this together and it's a way of saying someone cares. Last week while we were stopped at a street corner, we gave the gentleman some cash and since it looked like rain was in the near future, we gave him our umbrella. 

Sep 17, 2018 05:10 PM #17
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Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Kathy, That's a great idea to have an extra umbrella handy to give to a homeless person on a rainy day. The dollar store in Maryland also carries plastic rain ponchos that can be included in the "blessing bag."

Sep 18, 2018 12:24 PM #18
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Hello Barbara - I came here via Roy's reblog.  Great ideas especially during this time of year.  Year-round too.

Nov 18, 2018 05:02 PM #19
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