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Looking for a Service Project this year. What about making Manna Bags for the Homeless in our community.
A Manna Bag comes from the reference to the food God sent the Israelites in the desert in the book of Exodus. I have been making Manna Bags with family for a couple years now and recently with our small group from church. 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.
Crunchy (not chewy) granola bars–no chocolate
Peanut Butter/Cheese Crackers
Raisins or individual serving packs of nuts, dried fruits, crackers, cereal, pretzels etc…
Mens’ Tube Socks
Wet Wipe individual packs
Travel size toothpaste
Bar of Soap-like the hotel soaps you get if you travel
Pair of cotton stretchy gloves
Index card with shelter info
Other items to consider: hand sanitizer, travel sunscreen, travel toiletries, small hairbrush/comb
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.