Welcome to Project Blessing Bags! Blessing Bags are extra-large Ziploc bags stuffed with a fleece blanket, cozy socks, water bottles, toiletries, a Bible and Bible tract, non-perishable food items, and more – then sealed with a lot of love! They are designed to be kept in the trunk of your car, ready to hand out at a moment’s notice to anyone in need. To get the background story on Blessing Bags and read more information about your options for getting involved, please scroll down to the bottom of this post…
To purchase Blessing Bags at $15 each, please click the button below. You will have an option to select a quantity of bags.
If you would like to make a cash donation to Project Blessing Bags or donate Blessing Bags for someone else to distribute on your behalf, please click the button below.
Blessing Bags will be assembled in South Orange County, California in January 2013, and then made available for local pick-up or shipment across the U.S.! If you would like to be a part of the assembly team (individuals and families of all ages welcome!), please click on the button below to join our contact list.
The Story Behind Project Blessing Bags…and the Plan
Project Blessing Bags began as a little idea the Garibaldi family had as a way to keep our focus on the giving rather than the receiving during the Christmas season. We wanted a way to resist the ever-increasing temptations of Christmas-excess and keep Christ at the center of our holidays. So as a family, we began to consider some ideas to help us experience sacrificial giving.
As the “down-turned” economy persists, the level of need continues to grow, even here in the “Orange County Bubble”. As parents, Kevin and I have struggled with the questions our young children ask when we seen a man or woman on the side of the road with a cardboard sign asking for help. Like you, we’ve struggled between wanting to help, not knowing how to help, and, if we are honest, even doubting at times whether the help is really needed or if the help received will be put to good use or used to fund a bad habit. Then God put an idea on our hearts as a way to be a blessing to those in need, while at the same time giving us an opportunity to bring perspective to our own lives and help fight the feeling of entitlement that we find it so easy to succumb to! As we looked at several options, the Lord continued to steer us down the path of Blessing Bags and as our excitement grew, we felt compelled to invite others to share in this adventure.
We decided to invite our friends and family to help us assemble “Blessing Bags” that we can keep in the trunk of the car, ready to hand out at any time to those we come across in daily life who are in need. Included in each extra-large ziploc bag will be a fleece blanket, toiletry items, water bottles, socks, non-perishable food items, a Bible, a Bible tract, and more.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 says, “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (ESV)
Within hours of sending out our initial email we had more than 40 bags ordered and people asking to post information about the project on their Facebook pages and blogs. Within the first week, God had given us willing partners ready to distribute bags in low socio-economic areas of Orange County, skid row in Los Angeles, and even the hardest hit areas in Hurricane Sandy’s path of devastation! We are excited to see where the Lord will take this Project with humble beginnings. Project Blessing Bags has definitely moved beyond our little email list. We’ve got whole families, neighborhoods, Bible study groups, and churches involved…His plan is much bigger than ours! J
We’d like to invite you to pray with us and see if God might be calling you to participate in being a blessing through Project Blessing Bags. There are a number of ways you can get involved, and your level of involvement is totally up to you. Here are a few:
1) PRAY!! Pray that God would be glorified through this project and that all involved (especially the kids!) would receive spiritual blessings of increased faith as we see God provide abundantly! Most importantly, pray that God would use these Blessing Bags to truly be a blessing to individuals and families who are struggling and that their needs would be filled both spiritually and materially.
2) Order Blessings Bags @ $15 each. When ordering bags, please let us know how many of those bags you want to distribute yourself (if any) and how many you want to donate to one of our many avenues for delivery. (We’ve got volunteers ready to distribute in multiple locations around the country!)
3) Donate any flat amount of money that you have on your heart to give. We will use your funds to help us purchase supplies and help pay for shipping costs for some of the bags to go back east. We also have people who have contacted us that don’t have the ability to give cash, but have hands ready to help with assembly and distribution. Your financial gifts can partner with their time and energy to bless more!
4) Come out on our assembly day to help put these bags together! We anticipate it to be a very fun and memorable couple of hours for the whole family. Assembly date is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, January 13th, 2013 from 3 to 5 pm, location T.B.D. If you use the “Contact us to be on the Assembly Team” green button above we will keep you informed as the date gets finalized.
Okay, so how does this all happen?? Through Paypal (using the green buttons above), you are able to use credit cards for a secure donation, or, if you prefer, you can send a check to Molly or Kevin Garibaldi. If you don’t already have it, please contact us for an address by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab at the top of this website.
FINAL DEADLINE FOR ORDERING BAGS OR MAKING DONATIONS: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14th, 2012!!
Our hearts are full! We are humbled and again reminded we serve a very BIG God! We are so thankful for all of you and excited to see how God uses us together to be a BIG blessing!
By His Grace and for His Glory,
Kevin, Molly, Colin, & Lucy Garibaldi