5 years ago, While living in Chicago, we would always drive passed an underpass that many homeless people made their homes. We figured a hot meal and knowing someone cared would go a long way, if we were in their position. We went home, cooked up some hamburger helper and rolls and passed out the meals. We asked what they were most in need of and got to planning. We decided that although we participated in other charity endeavors, this one was close to our hearts, and we would make our little stamp on the city.  We decided to do it every year. “Be A Blessing Day” was born!

The next year we decided to expand our blessing bags. In addition to a home cooked me we included PB&J sandwiches, snacks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, chapstick, gloves, hats, handwarmers, socks, bibles and anything else that would make life easier. The following 2 years we invited people to help us and the response was amazing! So amazing, in fact, that we doubled the preceding year’s goals! Last year we were able to give out 117 blessing bags and 50 Women’s Bags. The Women’s Bag consisted of feminine hygiene products, make up, hair brushes/combs, hair products and nail polish and were handed out to each woman along with a Blessing Bag.

Through personally handing out each blessing bag these last 4 years, we’ve noted the items we’ve received the most enthusiastic feedback on. So, this year we are changing it up. We want to bless each person we meet in a greater and more impactful way. Our goal is 150 Blessing Bags! Each Blessing Bag will included 5 servings of Spaghetti, 5 PB&J sandwiches, (That’s 750 servings of each!!) At least 2 sets of Handwarmers, (that’s at least 300 of them!) snacks, candy, toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, lotion, hand sanitizer, deodorant, dry shampoo & a bible.

In addition, we will pack 60 Women’s Bag to hand out with our 150 Blessing Bags. For those, we would like to get Feminine Hygiene products, Make-Up  (remember samples are always a great giveaway), any new or gently used nail polish, body sprays, perfume or hair products.

We need your help now more than ever, to achieve these goals! Every single dollar, every single donation helps more than you know! While this may be small in the grand scheme of things, we know it has a huge impact on those we are able to touch. We know because they tell us and we can see it on their faces.

Thank you so much for your continued support!

God Bless,

Jarvis and Julia
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