IDEAS: What items should I add to stockings for the homeless (unhoused)
Ideas for PRACTICAL ITEMS to include in stockings for the homeless:
- Hand sanitizer
- Baby wipes
- Mask (this was our 2020 pandemic addition)
- Toothbrush with cover (we found this at the dollar store)
- Garbage bags
- Gallon ziplock bags
- Nail clippers
- Hand warmers
- Small brush/comb
- Gifts cards or cash
- Weatherproof socks
Socks for the homeless
Weatherproof Socks from Amazon
Stockings for the homeless – DELIGHTFUL AND FESTIVE ITEM IDEAS
- A Christmas stocking (The Dollar Store sells cute stockings for only $1)
- Chocolate candy or other treats
- Fig bars or another nonperishable bar
- Orange (such a classic stocking item that reminds me of childhood)
- Card of love and goodwill
- Gift card or cash (we often do McDonald’s Gift Cards because there are so many locations)
Printable for items to add to stockings for the homeless (unhoused)
Why making stockings for the homeless (unhoused) has been a great service project
- Helps people – The most important and obvious reason is that it helps other people. We also take the opportunity to explain to our children that life is not always fair — although we work hard, we have been given a lot of advantages in life. Others aren’t as fortunate and we think it’s important to help others.
- Practices empathy – We ask our kids how they would feel if they did not have a home. When put that way, they realize that helping others is important.
- Builds family bond – This a great family service project because everyone can help. Even when our youngest was a little toddler, he loved being part of the stocking-stuffing assembly line.
In the past, people have asked how we found people without housing. Unfortunately, housing is extremely expensive here so it’s not hard. This year, it will be as easy as walking down the street. In past years, we’ve driven around to find people to deliver the stockings to. I’ll never forget handing the stocking to a man who did not have shoes. People have always been so delighted and appreciative.