The Kindness Bag and The Gift of Giving

download“Do you have some change you can spare? ” A question coming from the young man sitting on the sidewalk outside of Walgreens.  William and Bella went into the store with me to pick up some medicine for Liam who was not feeling well.  We ran out forgetting about the young man sitting outside the door.  Rushed, it had been a long day, out the door we passed the same young man: “do you have some change to spare?”  I looked into my purse as my kids watched me. I gave him what I had.  William went to the car where my Mom had been waiting. My Mom and I had been to an activity recently where we put together some kindness bags for those who we might pass on the street who are asking for money or help.  I had seen the bags in the car on several occasions and had forgotten about them.  Mom had remembered them and asked William if he would like to give one.  William with Bella beaming walked to this young man and gave him the bag of kindness.  Chocolate Bar, granola bar, toothpaste, Kleenex among the contents.  The Young Man was surprised! I will not forget the look on his face.  He did not expect that.  What was even more unexpected was the emotion expressed by William and Bella as we drove away waving bye.  “That feels so good!”  William said with an expression of happiness on his face and in his voice.  This month of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for the kindness bag and to see my son and daughter delight in the gift of giving.

In case you would like to put together a kindness bag or a few this holiday season here are some ideas! Keep them in your car.

1) Grab a Gallon Zip lock bag or any type of bag you would like

2) Fill it up with:

*Apple Sauce

*Fun Treat (Chocolate)



*Granola Bars


*Toothbrush and Toothpaste




*Personalized Note



*Anything you can think of!


14 thoughts on “The Kindness Bag and The Gift of Giving

  1. Awesome idea. When I get paid again I will surely do this. As many as a dozen people a day ask me for money each day when I take the bus.
    I have created care packages for no reason other than I could, for veterans who were crippled before. I felt better doing it. You couldn’t make up the stories I heard.

    I wish we lived closer. You are a wonderful human being. And because you are setting a great example for your children, they too will grow up with the gift of integrity like yourself.

    Paulette Le Pore Motzko

    1. Hello Paulette,

      Thank you for your kind words and your support! Doing these sort of things have a magical way of helping us feel better and I am grateful for those feelings especially during this time of holidays. I am very thankful my children were able to experience it. I could only imagine the many wonderful stories you have heard.

      Thank you for reading!


      1. You are so welcome Melissa. As a writer and editor on WordPress I have the wonderful ability to search content about any topic all over the world..and when I found yours I knew just which sites I would put your story on.

        Keep writing and have a nice Thanksgiving.

        Paulette Le Pore Motzko

  2. That is an amazing story! What a great way to teach William and Bella the gift of giving! I am sure that young man felt something more special than just receiving a kindness bag; your kids lifted that young man’s spirit. Even if it was just for a moment!

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