31 Days of Giving: Manna Bags

by FrugalissaFinds on October 2, 2013

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31 days of giving

This month I am doing a series called 31 Days of Giving. In this series, I’ll be sharing ways readers can give even on a limited budget. I really hope these stories will inspire you and help others in and around your community and even the world.

If you have a story or idea on giving to share of a way you or your family has given to others or even going into the holiday season, please email me your story and/ or a picture to go along with it, if possible. I’d love to hear it and possibly share it during this series!

Today I want to share about Manna Bags!

There are so many homeless people in our community. It is so nice to be able to do a little something for them. The above picture is called Manna Bags in reference to the food God sent the Israelites in the desert in the book of Exodus. I have been making Manna Bags with my family and church for a couple years now . I have even made them in my small group and mom’s group. My kids get involved too and when they spot a homeless person on the side of the road they yell, “Look Mommy that person needs a Manna Bag?”

What do you do with a Manna Bag?

Here are a few ideas:

They’re small enough to keep one in your car.
It’s an alternative to giving money if you’re concerned with how it’ll be spent.
It’s an alternative to doing nothing if you’re concerned with following Jesus.
They’re inexpensive to make.
They won’t solve the greater problem of homelessness or hunger, but it’s something you can do for one person right now. 

Here is the list of how to make a Manna Bag. You put all items in a gallon Ziploc bag.

Bottled water
Granola bars
Snack size pack of Crackers
Small tube of toothpaste
Bar of Soap-like the hotel soaps you get if you travel
Pair of cotton stretchy gloves
Index card with shelter info

You can do as little or more. But the basis is something for them to drink and eat.

When I do this project I call different dentists in the area and ask if they would be willing to donate toothbrushes and toothpaste. Most are very receptive and quite helpful.

Some of these items I get free and when my stockpile runs over I make the Manna Bags.

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