Blessing Boxes: Giving / Getting Help When Needed



Practicing random acts of kindness, paying it forward, helping, volunteering, or just being there for someone. Most of us have a desire to do something – we just don’t always know how to go about it. Blessing Boxes are an easy way to lend help when and where needed with little expense. The concept of Blessing Boxes has gained popularity all over the country. No one knows where the idea originated; it seems to just be a grassroots endeavor that’s gained momentum. And really, that’s all that matters. A primary component of random acts of kindness is remaining anonymous. Let the fun and joy be in the doing with no accolades expected.

The national newscasts recently gave the idea a plug on the Inspiring America segment of NBC’s Nightly News. Frankly, positive news stories are needed every day.

Putting a Blessing Box together is fairly simple. You can build or buy a wooden box, use a plastic storage container, or as the name implies, just use a box. Be sure the container protects the contents from the elements. Place the box in a high traffic area, in your front yard, near a church, or anywhere people may gather or have a need. Be sure that you get permits if necessary.

Stock the Blessing Box with non-perishable foods, basic personal hygiene products, and perhaps supplies for pets. Sometimes Blessing Boxes are labeled, so folks understand what its purpose is. A popular label is “Take a blessing when you need one, Leave a blessing when you can.” Once the Blessing Box is set in place, anyone can replenish the box or replace what they took at a particular time in their life.

These Blessing Boxes are ideal for people who are uncomfortable asking for help (and many are), in temporary financial straits (too much month left at the end of a paycheck), or unable to wait for approvals from more traditional resources. Plus, the anonymity of getting food/products from a Blessing Box is important to some. Needing help and having others know is difficult to deal with for many.

What are some items that may be in a Blessing Box? Think about things typically donated to a food bank as a guideline. Canned goods need to be the type that have the pull-tab to open. For example:

FOOD:

  • Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)
  • Crackers
  • Bread
  • Jelly
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal / Oatmeal
  • Soup
  • Dried Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Bottled Water
  • Baby Food

PERSONAL HYGIENE:

  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Deodorants
  • Soap
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Combs / Brushes

PET CARE:

  • Dog / Cat Food
  • Treats
  • Food / Water Bowl

OPTIONAL:

  • Scarves, Caps, or Gloves
  • Umbrellas

There is a consistent sequence of usage and replenishment. Some replenish what they have used, while some leave money.

We’ve all needed a little help in our lives. That’s just a fact of life. Giving a hand to others makes us feel good. Blessing Boxes are a new way to get that feeling and help someone on their timeline. It addresses the immediate need, and that’s a good thing.

Random Acts of Kindness! Blessing Boxes! Good for our families, friends, and neighbors!


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