3rd Caroline Project: Part Two

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Well, we did it!  We made the care bags.  We passed out the care bags.

It was…amazing.  On so many levels it was amazing.  I’m still processing it, and probably will be for a while.  So these highlights are simply me wanting to answer the “how did it go” questions I’ve been receiving.  This may just be the most jumbled reading you’ve done in a long time!

grocery store 1   

When we were in the store, there was something really special about filling our cart on behalf of someone else.  We enjoyed talking about what we should put in.  Even Jonah gave ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was at dinner with my girlfriends when Joel texted me this photo:

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Bottled WaterThe items we chose for our bags were:

A toothbrush and toothpaste
deodorant
a bar of soap
a comb
chapstick
a first aid kit
a washcloth
a pair of socks
a bottle of water
a can of juice
granola bars
crackers
a packet of tuna
some mints and lifesavers

loading up

bagWe spent about $10 per bag.  After how awesome today was, I will always carry a couple of these bags in our cars.  We determined that in the future, we could make them a little bit different.  We think we could easily make bags for around $6-7.

For the most part, we drove around the cities, giving the care bags to people on the side of the road who were holding out signs.  For us newbies, it was just easier…there were a couple of situations where we walked around, but we didn’t know if the people near us were homeless or simply enjoying the lovely Minnesota Sunday afternoon outside.  Man we didn’t want to assume that people were homeless because we were out looking for homeless people, you know?

Just off the top of my head, here are a couple of things that stood out as the most beautiful moments of the day:

First, I was touched by the sincere gratitude of people when we gave them a bag.  I loved watching them look at the bag once we handed it to them.  There was one man who was sitting on the side of the road.   I handed him a bag.  He looked at it, then looked at me.  “God bless you” he said, as he looked me straight in the eye.   “You too” I said.  While I was waiting to cross the street to give a bag to the person in the median, I watched this man as he sat.   I watched him look at contents of the bag.  By the time I crossed the street again to head to the car, he had the bag of crackers out and almost finished.  Oh how I wished that that bag was filled with more food.

My other favorite moment happened when we passed by a park.  There were things on a park bench, sleeping bags, a backpack, but no people.  Joel pulled the car over.  Jonah and I got out of the car, each with a bag in hand.  We walked up to that bench and put the care bags down by the items.  After that, Jonah and I got distracted because there was a wedding party getting their pictures taken at the park (and I LOVE looking at wedding parties). When we got back to the car, Joel said “did you see that??”  “What”, I said, “the bride?  Yes I did.  She was lovely!”  “No.  The guy.”  Apparently, shortly after we left, the man returned to the bench. He picked up the care bag, studied it.  Then he called over the woman that was with him and handed her the other bag.  Joel watched as they opened the bag and took out the contents.  As he was describing what he saw, I just knew:  WE were blessed.

So this day was good.  Really, really good.

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3 thoughts on “3rd Caroline Project: Part Two

  1. Ali Ozyigit

    While walking along a beach after a particularly high tide, a man noticed a boy picking up starfish after starfish and throwing them back into the sea. When he neared the youngster, he asked, “What are you doing?”
    “These starfish will die if they don’t get back into the water,” the boy replied as he hurriedly continued his work.”
    “There are thousands of starfish on this beach,” the man said. “Nothing you can do can possibly make a difference.”
    The boy held out the starfish he had just picked up. “It makes a difference to this one,” he said and threw it into the ocean.

    Lets us know if you need help.

  2. This is the best idea ever. I am forwarding this to my husband because we always give homeless people a few bucks but this seems so much better. I love the idea of keeping a few bags in your car. We often see homeless people in Maplewood. It would be great to have some of these bags when we head that way.

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