Creating a holiday homeless care package is simple and relatively inexpensive but life-changing for someone when their cries for help are silent.
As the weather in Canada gets colder, the need for more shelters, beds and warm clothing is dire for the homeless in every community.
Today, I want to discuss homeless care package ideas and items you can gather to donate to local community charities.
Make Giving A Tradition For The Christmas Holidays
I know many CBB readers love to save money using coupons and other means to stockpile family product essentials, so I’m reaching out to you.
Even if you’ve never seen a homeless person, I can guarantee many of them live on the streets where you live.
I’ve only lived in Canada for 11 years, and I’ve seen my fair share of homeless hovering in corners around the streets of Toronto.
Just this past week, we had an old friend of ours passed away from cancer, only to find out that she was homeless and living on the street two years ago.
She did not reach out to anyone, and no one knew the status of her world.
Although that troubles us and we feel guilty, we know that we can’t change what she was thinking, but we can reach out to help others who so desperately need it.
Homelessness In Canada
It’s not only the big cities battling homelessness. Every little city, and town, but the village in between also has someone in need.
Can we end homelessness alone?
No, but we can give back, even if that means sitting down and conversing with someone lonely because the world keeps walking by.
If you say that you can’t afford to help but have a roof over your head and any food on the table, you can.
You have far more than someone who sleeps on the cold cement and has nowhere to go apart from a shelter IF there is room.
It’s easy to say get up and get a job, BUT you don’t know what events occurred to bring someone to life on the streets.
We Can’t Help The Homeless Alone
What’s the answer to homelessness in Canada?
I don’t know as a whole, but I feel that it’s essential that all Canadians find it in their hearts to give back, especially around the holidays.
Perhaps the government can offer more affordable housing, create more jobs and opportunities, and put the people in need FIRST.
Suppose you’re able to give back throughout the year, even better. A little goes a long way when someone is in need.
Thirty-five thousand people in Canada experience some form of homelessness every day, 235,000 a year!
Another 1.5 million people pay more than they can really afford – more than 30 per cent of their income – on housing.
Canada emergency shelters are getting fuller – occupancy is up more than 10 per cent since 2004, and those trapped in shelters are staying longer.
For seniors and families, the average stay has increased to more than 20 days.- Globe and Mail CanadaGlobe and Mail – Article posted more than 5 years ago and information may not be current.
Tis The Season for Giving Back All Year Long
All year shelters and community centres need food, money, and supplies to stock up on the essentials for those in need.
This Christmas, keep in mind those who are living on the streets or in a shelter, as well as those families who are struggling to make ends meet.
First, they start with the foundation of the homeless care packages and purchase draw-string backpack bags to fill with essential products.
As you can see, the Fizzfam made their way to the shopping center and loaded up on flashlights, toiletries, toothbrushes, Cliff bars, and other homeless care package essentials.
I can’t tell you how happy I felt to see this video, as it inspired us to spread holiday cheer to those in need.
It was also a stark reminder of how lucky my family is to sleep in a warm bed at night and have the essentials of life at our fingertips.
Some of the nicest people I know have little to nothing, and that’s because they know what it’s like on the other side of the fence. They live it or have lived it.
Holiday Homeless Care Package Ideas
Lots of the items you can buy at a Dollar store but you can also purchase in bulk on Amazon Canada.
If there is a group of people who want to pitch in money to make homeless care packages buying in bulk may be your better option.
If I didn’t link to Amazon you can probably find it cheaper elsewhere.
Buy Homeless Care Package Products In Bulk
- Drawstring Backpacks
- Body Wipes
- Gift Cards
- Tissues or 100 pack of travel-size tissues
- First Aid Kit
- Tampons and Sanitary Pads
- Toothpaste and Toothbrush or a combined pack of both
- Warm blanket or 12 pack 72-hour thermal emergency blankets
- Hand and Feet Warmers
- Cough Drops/Mints
- Bottles of Water
- Disposable Razors and Shaving cream
- Warm Socks or Unisex Winter Socks
- Winter Hats, Scarves, Jackets, and Gloves
- Adult undergarments
- 100 pack of Hand and body lotion
- 150 packs of Lip Balm
- Travel Mug
- 200 packs 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner
- Mini Flashlight
- 60 Hair Brushes
- 200 Dental Floss Picks
- Holiday Card with a handwritten note.
I’ve seen some homeless care package ideas, including wrapping paper and Ziploc Bags filled with many items from the list above.
Another idea is to fill a pillowcase and add a bow wrapped around the top or fill a giant Christmas stocking and pass them around.
Ideally, a bag of sorts would help, making travelling easier with their belongings.
Make one or make ten, whatever you can afford to help give back.
If money is not an option, perhaps a fundraiser to collect money for a homeless care package holiday event would work.
Think outside the box and remember you go to bed at night and close your eyes, but the lost sleep with one eye open.
Lastly, please remember that a homeless person sometimes wants a hug, a handshake, and someone to talk to.
Make someone smile, even if that’s all you have to give.
Discussion Question: What else could we add to this Homeless Care Package list for the holidays?
A Week In My Life
I was sick for a week, and that’s all you need to know! It sucked.
I’ll be working on the basement insulation now that I’m feeling better.
Hopefully, that’s the only illness I get this winter; my fingers are crossed.
Apart from being under the weather, we put our Christmas decorations up, including our Christmas Tree.
The little guy puts the star on top yearly and helps with the ornaments.
He loves Christmas, but what kid doesn’t?
We’ve changed how we do Christmas again to suit everyone’s budget.
We’re back to spending $25 on each person in the family.
That’s not too bad, although we didn’t mind just buying for the kids.
I’ve been requested to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls to bring home for the holidays.
I wasn’t going to do any Christmas baking, but since I’ve been asked, I’ll comply.
Honestly, I feel like the Christmas baking King!
Have a great week,
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