We love the idea of Blessing Bags and Kits, but at Launch Ministry, our youth and young adults have a variety of needs. If you are looking to support local, consider providing these Blessing Bags/Kits such as these:
Packaging: For packaging for #1-4, ideally use reusable shopping bags, or any kind of reusable bag (many members of your congregation probably have those “free” logo bags & backpacks in their closets they would love to get rid of – will take anything, even backpacks, duffel bags, similar sized durable boxes/bins, etc.). For packaging for #5-9, you could use the same as above, or a smaller bag, box, ziplock bag, etc. The packaging is also a blessing to our young adults!
Examples are included in the below Ongoing Needs List.
- Cleaning Supplies: a variety of basic cleaning supplies (toilet paper, paper towel, all-purpose cleaning spray, disinfectant wipes, toilet cleaner, sponges, dish soap, etc.) Smaller sizes okay, not all have to be the same.
- Personal Supplies: variety of personal supplies in normal sizes, plus socks, underwear & bras
- Shelf Stable Food & Drinks: variety of food ready to eat or microwaveable
- Art Bag/Crafts: Any themed craft bag such as: adult coloring books, coloring pencils, markers, art paper, art pencils, glue sticks; knitting; beading; etc.
- Kid’s Bags: variety of personal supplies & food ready to eat or microwaveable specifically for smaller children, (can make specific age groups, kids generally average are 3/4 years, diaper size most requested are size 4/5)
- ***Laundry Bag: small bottle of laundry soap or 1 laundry soap packet, $8 in quarters in ziplock bag, 1 dryer sheet (This is enough to wash & dry one load locally at most apartments/laundromats.) – This is much requested!
- First Aid: variety of basic first aid supplies, (examples: antibiotic ointment, various band aids, pain relief, cough drops, antacids, anti-itch ointment, etc.)
- Make-up Bag: variety of basic make-up supplies; make-up wipes; etc.
- Fidgets: 3 or 4 fidget items, but NO fidget spinners (many of our young adults have issues related to anxiety, sensory and/or ADD) – can buy some of these “in bulk” on Oriental Trading or other similar sites