What do you think it would take for you to end up homeless? What is your picture of a homeless woman? I think you’d be surprised at how very similar they just might be to you and me. There may even be a woman in your community or workplace who is homeless, trying to keep her head above water until life cuts her a break.
I’ve seen this photo floating around social media over the last few weeks and thought it was an awesome idea.
Then a parcel arrived from beme that included this * weekender bag and while I loved it and could have taken a few snaps and used it myself I instantly thought back to the handbag picture that had been popping up on Facebook.
That’s the power of social media. It makes you think and ponder a little longer. I contacted the good folk at beme and asked if I could utilise the bag they sent me in a different way, a way that had could make a real difference…and they said ‘Hell YES!’…well they enthusiastically said yes and I love that. Thanks team 🙂
People become homeless for many reasons like…
+Lack of affordable housing
+Family/ elationship breakdown
Recently I decided to do a ‘Community act of kindness’ and then I decided to share it with my social media communities (that’s you), because sometimes being inspired to do good creates change and the ripple effect of kindness is the most spectacular thing ever.
I’m putting together a handbag of goodies for a stranger. A woman who might be homeless and in need of a few things that I take for granted. Homeless doesn’t necessarily mean living on the streets…it’s living transiently which means not always having convenience and comfort at hand.
So what should I put in a ‘Handbag of Hope’? (that’s what I calling it) Well I started yesterday with a little shop up at Target. I didn’t really have a plan, I just started and when I returned home I lay it all out and pondered what to purchase next. There’s nor hard and fast rules about what to provide but I decided to throw it out there and ask the question of all my readers. The response was awesome and so bloody useful that I had to share…because, who knows, you just might like to put together your own ‘Handbag of Hope’ for a woman in your community.
You could contact you local community outreach or homeless centre and collaborate together. Maybe your community has a youth program or your local member for parliament can point in the right direction and connect you with the organisation that will best suit.
Obviously you can’t put ‘all’ the things in a handbag (think small items) and not everything is going to be suitable for everyone, but just starting and making a difference…well, it will be appreciated. Here’s some of the suggestions you all gave me (and some of my own).
+A reusable water bottle
+Tea or coffee bags and a travel mug
+Sanitary pads or menstrual cup
+Notebook and pen
+Stationary and postage stamps
+A novel or puzzle book
+Small torch and batteries
+Personal safety alarm
+Gift cards for local coffee shop or supermarket
+Hand cream and body lotion
+Band aids and betadine
+Mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss
+Plastic soap and toothbrush containers
+ Mini sewing kit
+Vitamins and Panadol
I’m sure this list can keep growing but this is a good start don’t you think? Do you have anything you could add?
Stay tuned for when I pack and deliver the bag 🙂
Til next time,
*denotes Item gifted for my editorial consideration
Bag from BEME is new season and will be available online from next week.