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Compassion Bag - Information

Compassion Bag - Information

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How to make a St. Mark’s Bag of Compassion

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Suggested items

  • Travel size hygiene items
  • Crew Socks
  • Mittens
  • $5 Winco gift cards
  • Individually wrapped granola bars
  • Individually wrapped candies
  • Individual pack of Wipes
  • Four large black trash bags, rolled together in a rubber band
  • Tooth brush
  • Deodorant

Place the items in bag similar to the illustration, or a gallon sized Ziploc bag.

When you share your bag of compassion

Pray                                                       Before you go, while you go, for the people you encounter

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 prayerfully consider taking time to park the car and hand-deliver it.

Smile                                                 This person probably gets ignored by hundreds of people every day.

May eye contact                              It shows that the person matters.

Be available to talk                         Some people won’t want to talk so be sensitive. Others will be delighted to tell you their story. Simply introduce yourself and ask their name.

Offer Resources                               There is a card in the bag that offers resources. Let the person know it is inside.

Be Wise                                             The majority of men and women experiencing homelessness are not dangerous-they’re people just like you. But it’s smart to go out with a friend or spouse to share your gift of compassion

Inspire others                                   Share your bags of compassion story with us. Send a note about your experience to alittle@stmarksboise.org

How to make a St. Mark’s Bag of Compassion

Suggested items

  • Travel size hygiene items
  • Crew Socks
  • Mittens
  • $5 Winco gift cards
  • Individually wrapped granola bars
  • Individually wrapped candies
  • Individual pack of Wipes
  • Four large black trash bags, rolled together in a rubber band
  • Tooth brush
  • Deodorant

Place the items in bag similar to the illustration, or a gallon sized Ziploc bag.

When you share your bag of compassion

Pray                                                       Before you go, while you go, for the people you encounter

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 prayerfully consider taking time to park the car and hand-deliver it.

Smile                                                 This person probably gets ignored by hundreds of people every day.

May eye contact                              It shows that the person matters.

Be available to talk                         Some people won’t want to talk so be sensitive. Others will be delighted to tell you their story. Simply introduce yourself and ask their name.

Offer Resources                               There is a card in the bag that offers resources. Let the person know it is inside.

Be Wise                                             The majority of men and women experiencing homelessness are not dangerous-they’re people just like you. But it’s smart to go out with a friend or spouse to share your gift of compassion

Inspire others                                   Share your bags of compassion story with us. Send a note about your experience to alittle@stmarksboise.org