Bags for the Homeless
Immaculate Heart of Mary's Homeless Bag Ministry assembles bags with items
that can be useful to a homeless person.
Often, when we go to Albuquerque or Santa Fe we see homeless standing on
street corners. Through the Homeless Bag Ministry we can help them by giving
them one of our pre-made bags! They’re packed with nonperishable snacks, a
water bottle, socks, toiletries, painkillers, a Rosary, a Divine Mercy Prayer
Card, and information on services and shelters in the metro areas.
Above all, the most important gift we can give is a smile that tells them
that they are seen and they are loved. And mercy is not a one-way street! We
always receive more than we give.
The homeless bags are located in the church narthex, both at IHM and
St. Joseph's in White Rock. When you go to Albuquerque or Santa Fe, take
some bags with you and share them in an act of God’s loving mercy.
However, please be safe when giving a bag to a homeless person.
Please read this
about an Albuquerque ordinance affecting interacting with pedestrians.
Would you like to help assemble bags?
We especially need help in purchasing the items that go into the homeless
bags. Typically we assemble 200 bags each quarter. Below is the list of
items we need for the each bag stuffing session. Our greatest needs are
highlighted. If you would like to help, please check our
most needed supplies spreadsheet
for the current quantities needed. If you purchase any items and donate them
please enter the number you provide in a "Donation" column on the spreadsheet.
- Small packet of baby wipes
- Toothbrush caps
- Toothpaste (travel size)
- Shampoo (travel size)
- Conditioner (travel size)
- Lotion (travel size)
- Sunblock (travel size)
- Packets of advil or tylenol
- Beef jerky
- Fruit snacks
- Soft granola bar
- 8oz bottle of water
- Divine Mercy prayer cards
- Business cards for CFRs and shelters
- Ziplock bags (quart)
- Ziplock bags (sandwich)
- Hand warmers (available @ Costco)
- Toilet paper
- Laundry Soap (single load)
If you can help purchase any of the above items please bring them to the
Parish Hall and place them in the collection box for the Homeless Bags.
For more information please call the Parish Office at 662-6193.
Bag stuffing will be in late September or eary October.