Blessings take off
Thursday, 20th April, 2017
The initiative to deliver little blessings around town has turned into something much bigger after a donation bin was set up.
Kelly Finch and her family have been working hard to develop their donation initiative “Blessing Bags”.
She made bags from donated items, mainly from family and friends, to give to the St Vincent de Paul Meal Centre.
Recently Coles came into the fold by setting up a bin for locals to donate any food or toiletry items to help supply the bags.
“We have been getting a lot of support, we are emptying the bin almost every week,” Kelly said.
She said her daughter Zahli has been a big help to sort and pack all the bags which they also place a blessing in.
“Zahli makes sure there is enough of everything in the bags,” Kelly said.
“Zahli came up with the idea to put the blessings in. The blessings say “I hope this bag is a blessing to you”.”
The packs include socks, underwear, toiletries, long life food and other essentials for people in need.
“The most important thing we add to the bags is love,” Zahli said.
She said each week they have an “Item of the Week” which is suggested for people to buy if they want to donate.
“Last week it was soup and we received a lot that; we just put what we need,” Kelly said.
“Everybody has been telling me it’s an easier way to donate.
“You buy the products and then you can drop it straight off in the bin.
“People have been messaging me saying “Thank you for the bin”. It’s made a huge difference.”
Kelly said she can make up to 60 or 70 bags in one go.
“It’s great now we can put food in it as well.
“We are getting a lot of self-care products and non-perishable food.”