Tis the Season To Be Giving

Back on track with Blogmas and it’s Day 17. To all new readers, welcome. Blogmas is a post every day leading up to Christmas. Similar to how YouTubers vlog leading up to Christmas. To returning readers, thank you for checking out yet another post. I wanted to share the process this year as I gather items to create gift bags for a local nursing home. I do this on a yearly basis and I decided to walk you all through what I do versus just the finished product.

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The Mission

Gifts are given to a local nursing home through the Missionary Society at my church. We attend the 4th Sunday of every month from November to May. We try to correlate gifts to the holidays and Christmas is when we go all out. As past president of the Jr. Missionary Society, I have made it my business to give back every year as I make the gifts. A lot of money comes out of my pocket and I never expect anything in return. I do it because of the people at the nursing home and the smiles it brings to the faces. It may sound clichè, but there are many people that do not have anyone visiting them on a regular basis. I’m happy to help when I can.

Holiday Gifts

We give gift bags filled with a mix of:

  • Toiletries
  • Socks
  • Throw Blankets/Lap Blankets
  • Scarves
  • Prayer Devotionals
  • Christmas Cards

Thankfully we have donations from other members throughout the church which is very helpful in us being able to give more. Usually when we have leftover gifts we either leave them at the nursing home or save the overflow for the following year. This year we’ll be giving all left over gifts to the homeless.

What’s Been Purchased/Donated Thus Far

  • 72 pairs of socks
  • Fleece Blankets
  • Deodorant
  • Body spray
  • Soap
  • Washcloths
  • Toothpaste / Toothbrushes
  • Tissues
  • Combs
  • Bandaids
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Christmas Cards
  • Prayer Devotionals
  • Brown Paper Bags

What’s Left to Buy

We simply have to get more of what’s on the list above. Certain items will not go to the nursing home for safety reasons. The hygiene packages will go to the homeless along with any throw blankets/scarves left over. We would like to add more deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrushes, and soap. If we can find gloves in bulk we’ll get those as well.

Tip: You can score fleece throw blankets for less than $5. KMart usually has them on sale for $2.99. 

How Long Does it Take to Package 

First things first, with us sorting everything is laid out on the table in categories. From there it is easier to assemble. Most of the time I assemble everything myself, but I have had the help of family. Although this is through my church, these are done outside in my home and gifted on the day of the service before Christmas. Last year the service was on Christmas Day and this year it’ll be Christmas Eve.

Here was the final result of last year:

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I’m excited to share with you all the finished product as well as the count of how many we gift this year. Stay tuned! I’ll be sharing the update with pictures on Christmas Eve.

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