Feed the hungry and clothe the naked are two of the Corporal Works of Mercy according to the Roman Catholic Church. The church encourages congregants to minister to people who are less fortunate by helping feed and clothe them. Members of Valier’s St. Francis Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW) are working towards this end with their Blessing Bags project.
Blessing Bags are filled with personal care items, such as toothbrushes, washcloths and soap in addition to snacks such as trail mix, granola bars and gum. Each bag also contains a prayer card, assuring the recipient of the bag that someone does indeed care about them.
The PCCW provided items for the bags, and parish members were invited to fill the Blessing Bags to distribute to individuals who live on the streets. Parishioners keep the Blessing Bags in their cars, ready to offer to homeless individuals at any time. Although this project is simple in its design, the Blessing Bags have the potential to make a difference in the lives of individuals who need to know someone cares about them. Even a small gesture, such as the sharing of Blessing Bags, has the power to make a huge impact on someone’s life.