Serving meals that go a long way!
The perfect gift!
Assemble and give away simple Care Kits using watertight gallon-size zipper lock plastic bags filled with items such as:
– Water bottle
– Tuna and crackers
– Granola bars
– Fruit snacks / applesauce
– Crackers w/ peanut butter/cheese
– Hand wipes / Kleenex
– Feminine hygiene products
– Toothbrush / toothpaste
– Band aids
– Chap stick
– Comb / brush
– Mints / cough drops / gum
– Handwritten card
Get Everyone Involved!
Have a Care Kit party! Gather family, friends, co-workers or your community group to purchase supplies and assemble Care Kits together.
Fragrances Don’t Mix
Fragranced items such as soap, hand lotion or deodorant can negatively affect the taste of food items if placed in the same bag. Pack these separately if you choose to give them.
Avoid items such as mouthwash or hand sanitizer that contain alcohol.
Summer vs. Winter
In summer, include sunblock or frozen bottles of water. In winter, include gloves, hats or heat packs.
Some tips when handing out care kits:
Don’t be in a hurry. It’s okay to slip it out your window to someone on a street corner or freeway ramp. But consider taking time to park the car and hand-deliver it.
Smile. This person probably gets ignored by hundreds of people every day.
Don’t give money. It’s your decision, of course, but we generally discourage giving cash. Instead, ask what their immediate need is and consider how you can help. Buy them a meal? A bus ticket?
Be available to have a conversation. Some people won’t want to talk, so be sensitive. Others will be delighted to tell you their story.
Make eye contact. It shows that the person matters.
Pray. Before you go, while you go, for the people you encounter. Ask the person if they would like you to pray for them right there.
Offer resources. Ask if the person if they are familiar with The Mission at Kern County. Even if your local mission doesn’t offer the exact service someone needs, staff members can most likely refer the individual to other agencies that can help.
Be wise. The majority of homeless men and women are not dangerous—they’re people just like you. But it’s smart to go out as a group when handing out Care Kits.