MFT Gives Back – Show Compassion to Others

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We’re so excited to introduce to you to something we’ve been working on for awhile. Welcome to our November Promotion — MFT Gives Back!

Since something like this can’t be contained in one week, we’re going to spend time throughout the entire month of November sharing ideas of how YOU can give, share, and show compassion to those around you.

Nothing feels better than giving something and not expecting anything in return. As crafters, we already love to make and share, but we want to broaden your arc of sharing your blessings. We hope you’ll join us in our giving revolution!

MFT Gives Back Compassion

Our focus today is on a special way to Show Compassion to Others.  The My Favorite Things staff is organizing Blessing Bags for the Homeless, and we’d love for you to join us.

What are Blessing Bags?

Blessing Bags are meant to provide a few necessities and creature comforts for the homeless. The concept is to gather a bag full of things that could bless the recipient, keep it in your car, and when you get the chance, hand it to someone who needs it. Just like that, you’ve been able to give a smile and some TLC to someone who could really use it.

Perhaps you caught our broadcast on Periscope (MFT Periscope: @mftstamps) earlier this week where Customer Service Brianna was at Target gathering supplies for a large assortment of blessing bags. Today, the MFT staff will be stuffing baggies full for the homeless. What a blessing for Central Florida! Be on the look out for a Periscope broadcast later today and see the bag packing in action.

We want you to join us in this special way of giving. For your convenience, we’re providing this list of things that could be put into the bags. You don’t have to feel like you have to have one of everything, but choosing a few items from each category is a safe bet. You can also download and print this list HERE.

Blessing bags checklist

I made a trip to the dollar store earlier this week armed with this list, and here’s what I came up with:

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Some of these things come in multiples (like the tissues, plasticware, cotton swabs, and comb among other things) so if you want to create several bags, you can divvy things up. It’s also a good idea to put an extra ziploc bag around smelly things (like soap and lotion) that could mar the taste of any food or drink you might include.

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You’ll also want to make sure that everything fits into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. You’ll be amazed with how much can fit! An optional idea is to put things in a purse for a lady.

I’ve included a little note in my bag. Here’s a closer look at it.

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We’ve created a free download for you HERE with eight of these cards that you can print and use in your blessing bags.

Now it’s YOUR turn. We’d love for you to download the shopping list and blessing bag cards and fill a few bags yourself. Get the kids involved, too! What a great way to teach about giving. Show us pictures of your shopping and your process on social media using the hashtag #mftgivesback. On Thanksgiving Day, we will share some of the things we caught our followers doing throughout the month.

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Want even more ways to give back this month? Be sure to visit our friend Jennifer McGuire in her Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. Here’s a little bit of information about it from Jennifer herself:

Part of the joy of creating a handmade card or gift is giving it to someone to brighten their day—a simple act of kindness that can have a lasting impact. To encourage these acts of kindness, I am hosting the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. Throughout the month of November, I’ll be challenging you to share an act of handmade kindness with someone. Whether you make a card, a note, or a treat… anything handmade counts. Each week there will be a new challenge on my website, as well as special guests, videos, giveaways, and more. I hope you will join me at jennifermcguireink.com and use the hashtag #sharehandmadekindess.

Don’t forget to use #mftgivesback on social media. And enjoy the experience!

We’re feeling thankful for all of you. And we can’t wait to see how YOU give back!

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  • gabbe

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    this is wonderful! thank you for the printable & the awesome ideas! my daughter & i are participating in the Share Handmade Kindness campaign- we’ll be making and handing out some of these bags too!

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  • Holly H.

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    This is a great idea and thank you for the printable. Not only is my whole family participating in the Share Kindness Campaign but we will be making some of these bags as well.

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  • Rush'd Lady

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    Hi! I was in a mission convention in which one of our workshops was making blessing bags for an overseas refugee camp. It was a lot of fun to make these. All the delegate churches brought in cases of products they were assigned and each case was opened before the workshop and stacked in order. 300 people lined up on either side of the stacked product row, picked up one gallon sized zip bag and then the products as we went along and inserted however many was taped to the top of the box flap until we reached the end of the row. The volunteer at the end inserted a salvation tract and a note much like yours, closed it and packed it into a box to be shipped to the refugee camp. We went back to the end of the line and started over until the job was done. However, if you are only doing a few for your city, another item you might insert into the bag is a coupon for one free night at a city mission or 1 meal at a soup kitchen. I carry a supply in my purse of business card sized cards that were given to our church from our local men’s mission to give away. Just a thot!

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  • Judy Estrada

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    Susan the blessing bags are very nice & it is a great thing to do! What a nice & very kind thing to do!

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  • Judy Estrada

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    Susan – What a great idea to make these bags to help someone out! Your family looks like they are having fun & enjoying to spread the kindness!

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  • Connie M.

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    This is a terrific idea… I work in NYC and the homeless population has grown tremendously in the last 18 months. I regularly give homeless people food and money, but this is so much more meaningful. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Pat C

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    My kids and I started doing this during the summer. We went to Walmart and the Dollar Store and got a bunch of stuff. We took some ziplock bags and spent some time putting the items in the bags. Now, when we’re driving, if we see someone at the stoplight with a sign asking for food/money, we have our bags ready to go and we just handed one out on Wed of this past week. It’s so simple…yet we hope it really does provide the person receiving it a big blessing.

    PS–one of the things I made sure to add was feminine hygiene products. I’ve read stories of women that had a horrible time on the street while also dealing with their periods. Just something to keep in mind in case you want to add that to your provided list. 🙂

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  • Bev

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    This is a great idea. There are so many people who feel they are of no significance to others. I love the note you include in your Blessing Bags. And what a great name for the goodie bags!

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  • Donna

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    This is the most wonderful idea…I moved to Los Angeles a few years ago from NY and although we had homeless in NY I have never seen so many as I do here…I always give a dollar to them when I see them and my daughter has bought coffee but this is such a great idea and so useful…I am going to make up some bags and will keep them in my car, this way we can give them away all year round. This is so much better then giving cash I feel…it’s something from the heart…thanks so much for being a company with a heart…and for making such beautiful stamps too! God Bless you all!

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  • Lisa Haines

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    There is a wonderful gal in my area, who put together “Chemo” bags for the patients who are receiving Chemo at my local Hospital. When I first started I was so happy and excited to see these bags and so touched by her kindness! She is a Forever 21 Hostess and put together a wonderful array of bags. I’ve since hosted two parties for her to help her raise funds for new bags! Being a Cancer Patient is hard, but BOY did it make me feel good to see what Brooke had done! 🙂

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  • mary ann

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    what a wonderful idea. I do a lot of travelling for work and bring back all the little unused soaps and shampoos from the hotel and give them to to the homeless shelters this time of year to pass out. I also regularly give lunch bags full of healthy snacks to the homeless on my way to the bus coming home from work. never thought to combine them. thanks for the list and the download. will definitely add to my routine.

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  • Nora

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    What a great idea!! I wish I knew a place where I could drop a bunch of these off to be given out. What a great project!

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  • Theresa

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    Thanks so much for the great list and directions as well as the download.
    Thanks for being a great company with a heart.

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  • Barb

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    Wonderful idea and so easy to put together. Thanks for sharing it and for the inspiration.

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  • Celesta

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    What a great idea. I live in a retirement community. I need to see if I can get this project going here for the small town we live in. Thank you for the idea

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  • pamboe

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    MFT, you are awesome! I know just the corner where I will take some sunshine bags for the homeless. Also remember homeless vets, both male and female . . . our local VA will collect and distribute items for them.

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  • SuzanD

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    Thank you for being a company with heart❤

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  • Deepa Lakshman

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    I have often wondered what to give to a particular homeless guy who stands near the highway. Sincemy husband s the one who often goes that side, I sometimes wish he would buy him a coffee. But your care package is something to think about. Thank you for this suggestion.

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  • Frances

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    This is just great. Thank you !!!

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  • Maureen Hayes

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    What a lovely idea! I have admired your company for awhile, but am even more impressed than ever seeing you take this incentive. It is a joy to be part of a crafting community that cares about others and is taking the time to show it, I cannot participate at this time, I am leaving to go to Mayo Clinic myself in a day for a possible cancer diagnosis. But, God willing, I will be able to do this or something like it soon and I appreciate the ideas and printables.

    Hugs,
    Maureen

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  • Jean Cross

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    I’m in. Wonderful campaign. Many homeless people have dogs as well so you may want to keep some biscuits handy for those that do.

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  • Barb Ghig

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    This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing it with us…I can’t wait to get started on this project! God Bless You!

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  • Casandra B

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    I’ve just begun to see pins about this sort of thing, and I think it’s a beautiful idea. I’m so glad to see others doing it and inspiring others, as well. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Carol

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    Great initiative by MFT. Recipients are grateful, and givers feel so good to brighten someone’s day.

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  • Michele Smith

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    What a wonderful idea! I love shopping at the dollar store. They have so many useful items. I especially love the idea of adding the hat or restaurant gift cards. Thank you for the “You Matter” notecard. I know November is when we all start being thankful but I am going to use this idea to remind me and others to be thankful all year long….not just during the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me to do for others who need a little pick me up.

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  • Diane

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    This is a really wonderful idea! I live in a small town,/rural community and in the 11 years we’ve been here I’ve never seen a homeless person, but we do have a food bank that accepts donations. There are lots of ways we can help those in need 🙂

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  • PJ

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    What a great idea of keeping these in the car!!!

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