Blessing Bags are an act of kindness to help others.
A Thanksgiving Blessing Bag is a bag or basket you leave for someone in need. It can be a random act of kindness or a service project. Most recently I saw this posted on the blog for The Birthday Project.
You load up on tasty things to leave for someone. You can leave a blessing like this on a struggling neighbor’s porch, drop this off for a single parent , or bring the kids to visit an elderly person who is squeezing by on social security.
You could find some printables to include, like a vintage paper doll (check The Graphics Fairy).
You can include a “You’ve been gobbled” sign as well. I made this one up. This one is just to let the receiver know what it is, it does not have a reverse side. I did not want to put pressure on them to do a similar gift, so I just asked for a random act of kindness. And it has a Thanksgiving Emily Dickinson poem on it. Because you can never have too much Emily.
You’ve Been Gobbled printable
Text from the You’ve Been Gobbled printable PDF:
“You’ve Been Gobbled!
We are grateful for our many blessings,
and pass one onto you.
Please enjoy this gift and
pass on a random act of kindness.
With love and thanks, your secret admirers
God gave a Loaf to every Bird–
But just a Crumb–to Me–
I dare not eat it–tho’ I starve–
My poignant luxury–
To own it–touch it–
Prove the feat–that made the Pellet mine–
Too happy–for my Sparrows chance–
For Ampler Coveting–
It might be Famine–all around–
I could not miss an Ear–
Such Plenty smiles upon my Board–
My Garner shows so fair—
I wonder how the Rich–may feel–
An Indiaman–An Earl–
I deem that I–with but a Crumb–
Am Sovereign of them all–
I would make this a day-long project to do with the kids. Start out by talking about being grateful for what you have, and how some people are less fortunate during the holidays. Take your kids with you to the grocery store to select the items you will include. If you’re ambitious perform a few random acts of kindness along the way, like leaving quarters at the coin-operated rides (my store still has these). Take them to the dollar store and give them each a dollar to pick something to include. At home make up some mug cake or hot cocoa mix, and maybe bake a batch of cookies together to add to your surprise. If they are young enough have them color Thanksgiving cards, or the older ones can write a couple lines about what they are thankful for (do not include your full name or address!). Assemble your bags.
When it is time to deliver decide whether you want the kids to be present or not. This will depend on their ages and who you are giving it to. If you have a single mom friend the kids might like to visit then do that. If it is a neighbor you don’t want your little one asking them why they’re poor. Let dad sneak up, ring the bell, and run like mad back to the car for a quick getaway.
If you don’t know someone to give your blessing to you can call your local church and ask, or you can even drive around and find a likely house.
This PDF file will print as one page.
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