Blessing Bags was founded in June 2015 by the then 18-year-old Laura, who saw people living on the streets of Melbourne on her commute to university. Laura was compelled to do something to help, so she started Blessing Bags based on the quote, "Now that I have seen, I am responsible". Today, Blessing Bags is run by a team of committed volunteers who aim to make a difference.
Based on the Mornington Peninsula, Blessing Bags is a Melbourne-based initiative that assembles and distributes hygiene packs to those experiencing homelessness and/or disadvantage. The hygiene packs (or "Blessing Bags" as we call them) contain essential personal care items as well as a handwritten note of hope and positivity so that the recipient knows that they are not alone. Blessing Bags acknowledges that often it is in the smallest, kind gesture that people find hope and inspiration to believe in a world of possibilities.
There are more than 24,500 people experiencing homelessness across Victoria.
Blessing Bags aims to provide access to essential personal care items that many people take for granted until they are presented with the challenges of homelessness and/or disadvantage. Completely volunteer-run, Blessing Bags thrives on the support and donations from the wider community. To date, Blessing Bags has provided 14,000 Blessing Bags to those in need.
Since 2015, with the help of volunteers and the local community, Blessing Bags
has distributed over 14,000 Blessing Bags to those in need across Melbourne.
Volunteer for a Bagging Day and help to pack Blessing Bags to be distributed to those in need.
All ages and abilities are welcome!
Pick up some extra toiletries during your weekly shop and donate them to Blessing Bags. Or make a monetary donation via GoFundMe.
Every little bit helps!
Keep an eye out for Blessing Bag's fundraisers to help raise funds to purchase essential items for those in need.
What is in a Blessing Bag?
Travelled sized items are placed in a snap lock bag with a thoughtful note handwritten by one of our volunteers
Each bag contains:
SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
SOAP OR BODY WASH
Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Are you in need of a Blessing Bag?
Does your school/group want to get involved? Wanting some more information?
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