Grooming Bags for the Homeless
October 22, 2011
For the last several years during Lent St. Margaret Mary has held a Lenten Grooming Bag for the homeless evening in our parish hall. It is a well-attended event, open to the whole community. We gather together to share a meal and then we build hundreds of grooming bags that are given out to our homeless brothers and sisters in the greater community throughout the year.
At last year’s event, we built about 700 bags in under ½ an hour, using an assembly line approach. This 700 bags, although a very good amount, is but a fraction of the number of bags needed and actually given out each year.
Last year we received $2000 in donations for this evening. Donations came from the Holy Name Society, the PTC, the Knights of Columbus, and 9 private donations. This $2000 paid for the makings of about 400 bags. The remaining bags were made with donated products from SMM School and parishioners.
The lowest cost to make 1 bag is about $5. Last year, my husband Scott and I bought supplies from Big Lots, 99 cent stores, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart, and wherever else we could find good deals. Our garage looked like a discount warehouse!
This year, I would like to take advantage of a 20% discount I get at Rite Aid. This discount is available to me through December 31st. Even though this is much earlier than I would normally start buying items, a discount is a discount.