September 21, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to do something small for someone who was sad.  We recently met a lady who has been struggling.  She's been taking care of her father, who is extremely sick and she's felt overwhelmed.  We made a pie and took it over as a family.  She was really happy to know someone was thinking of her.  She started to cry.  When we left Rex asked why she was crying and I tried to explain it. When I involve my kids in the wake up Wednesdays they always end up being the best experiences.  It feels good to do something good, but even better to teach a little one to do something good.  It was a great night for us.

This week's challenge comes from an awesome reader.  Here's what she said:

"Cheri, I saw a cute thing on pinterest the other day and thought of your Wake up Wednesday. They had taken trial size bottles of personal hygiene items and small non-perishable food and placed it all into a gallon ziplock container. These little packages were then put in the car and when they saw someone holding a homeless or need help sign, they had a nice care package made up to give them. They also suggested keeping trial size dog food bags. Your blog reaches so many thought you might like the idea."







I tried to find the original pin and picture and I think THIS is the source.  I love this idea.  So, this week's challenge is to assemble a small kit for someone who is homeless.  If you're like me, you might already have some mini shampoo and lotion kits from past hotel stays.  Throw in some non-perishable food and you're set.  Maybe a nice note would be appreciated too.  I am really excited to do this challenge.


Okay, how did last week's challenge go?  Were you able to find someone who was sad and help out a bit?  I'd love to hear about it.  Thanks for dropping in.

22 comments:

  1. That great! Make sure you don't put deodorant or soap in the same bag as food. It will make even a canned good taste like soap!

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  2. What a blessing you and your family are! What a great example to live by. Thanks for sharing! Great idea about the baggie for homeless. Awesome!

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  3. What a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing. I rarely have cash on me anymore these days and I usually feel at such a loss when I see someone in need.

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  4. !!!
    Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention !!!
    It's such an easy & small thing that we can do, but would mean the world to a homeless person ~ they would be so happily surprised to get one of these.
    I will for sure do this, it would make a great family and/or church project :)

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  5. I pinned this a week ago and also thought about your "Wake up Wednesday" section when I saw it. I'm glad someone actually forwarded it to you. Thanks for trying to make a difference. You're an inspiration to me.

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  6. Oh, this is a great idea! I'm almost in tears over it. I always feel SO terrible when I see homeless people and then you hear all of these cynical stories about how they could just be people faking it for a free handout. I truly believe that there is no way we can know someone's situation unless we are them and this would be a great thing to do instead of worrying that you are giving your cash to someone not in need or worrying what they will do with it instead of getting necessities. Thanks for the idea!

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  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! Thank you!

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  8. This is a great suggestion. I made your up cycled boys hat the other day, turned out wonderful. Don't have kids at home for used clothing but went to Salvation Army and bought several patterns and colors of t-shirts. They also have a huge selection of graphics on t's. I got one with a Harley and used the wheel on the hat. I don't know where you find the time to come up with all these ideas. -You and Me Dolls

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  9. This is a brilliant idea, and I'm certainly going to make up a couple of bags - Imagine the difference that maybe one of those bags could make to someone. Thanks for posting! x

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  10. This is indeed a wonderful idea! I always feel that when I give cash, it is no longer mine to comment on how it is spent. Sometimes I think it may be supporting an unhealthy habit - when food is what I'd rather it was used for. Another idea I've heard is to load gift cards for coffee shops with enough for a sandwich or soup and a coffee - about $5.00 or so, and carry in your purse.
    Thanks for the idea - Barb

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  11. Rarely do I leave comments, and even more rarely do I check your blog on Wednesdays (I'm just in it for the crafts ;) ), but today I thought I'd check in. This is an AMAZING idea. Giving money away these days is so hard, especially when every single dollar means so much, but when I see panhandlers on the street I always feel guilty for not giving. This is a great remedy! Too many times we encounter people of true spirit, who can truly inspire, who can truly create or share, and we pass right over them or disregard their talents. Cheri you have inspired me in so many ways. I know that this wasn't your idea, but you make it a point to do your Wake Up Wednesdays. You reach so many and share so much of yourself. I wanted tell you how much this particular post touched me. Thank you. You are one of the more remarkable parts of my day :)

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  12. This is an awesome idea. I'll sort out my hotel stuff I've horded and give it to someone else in need. I like the idea of including toiletries and snacks.

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  13. Hello Cheri!
    A dear friend of mine died at the start of the year and understandably, her mum is still struggling to come to terms with her loss. We all miss our friend terribly and are doing various things to honour her name. Last week's wake up wednesday made me think about who or how I could reach out to someone. I sent my friend's mum an email - just a small gesture but to let her know that we are all thinking of her too.

    This weeks challenge is another great idea. I usually offer to buy a sandwich or something if there is a homeless person outside the supermarket, instead of giving cash. But this idea is also a great way to use up all those little samples that just lie around in our drawers. A win-win!

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  14. Last weeks challenge is when I wish I knew more people here in my town. My mom was feeling bad about something my grandma said and unfortunately all I could do was talk to her over the phone. I made fun of my grandma and we laughed and laughed. (Sorry grandma.) Does that count? :)

    I have to be really honest here. This is a fabulous idea, but I am really nervous about it. What if you give the needy person the bag and they are offended? Maybe that is me just being worried about coming out of my comfort zone. However, that is what this challenge is all about right? So, off I go to collect some items. I vow to try this at least once. :)

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  15. We did these 'Daily Mana' bags at church too. I went to the dollar store and picked up socks to include in the bags and of course each was stuffed with a Bible.

    Everyone I handed out was was received and appreciated.

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  16. Seriously such a great idea! I am so excited about it! Thanks:)

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  17. We have made up bags as well to hand out in the twin cities. My husband works in homeless services and he says that the gallon ziplock bag is super useful and socks are another great thing to throw in.

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  18. I made a point one year to put those cracker packs or other small food items in the car then whenever someone was holding a sign about needing food we'd roll down our window and give them a snack. The kids loved it and still make comments if they see a person begging wanting to stop. I keep forgeting to restock the car, but I'm glad my kids have learned to stop and help when people are in need and not to just look away.

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  19. That's a great idea! I see several homeless people on a daily/weekly basis and want to help and this is something I can easily do to help them out. Thanks for sharing :)

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  20. I have the blessing baggies pinned, too, and I am just starting to fill mine up. It's so wonderful to see them on your blog!!

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  21. I walk by a homeless man almost everyday who hangs out in the same spot. I always feel bad for him but was not sure what do do for him. Thank you for giving me this idea!

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  22. Another good winter idea is to keep blankets in your car to give out to people in need. They can be picked up cheap at wal-mart, big lots, etc.

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