Thanks to EVERYONE who joined us at our 4th Annual Bring an Item – Fill a Bag Event, it was a great success!
Because of the generosity of many, we stuffed 275 Bags of Hope!!
We gave out nearly 1000 Bags in 2018!
List of Current Needs for the Bags:
Toothpaste &Tooth Brush
12 oz Conditioner & 12 oz Shampoo
Small bag of Trail Mix
Small package of baby wipes
Hair Brush & or Elastics
Winter hat, gloves, scarf
Bar of Soap
$5 Dunkin Donut gift cards
Notes of encouragement
*All items MUST be NEW & FULL Size*
Bags of Hope is an outreach ministry out of the Emmanuel Gospel Center that Jasmine founded as a way to reach out in a practical way to vulnerable women living on the streets or in programs throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In collaboration with programs serving women affected by trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness, Bags of Hope Ministries is driven by the community. Many different groups of people are donating the items, filling the bags and handing them out! By doing this we let the women know there is a better way, they are treasured, loved by Jesus, and that we are here to help.
Our goal is to bring awareness. We do this by speaking at events and providing 8-10 week Recovery Support Groups to empower women and help them “self-identify”. Once they know they are no longer a victims – but a survivor, the healing can begin. Then we come alongside and mentor/support them as they journey through.
What many do not know is that homeless and or addicted women have not just made poor decisions but often times are victims of unforeseen circumstances. Many have been traumatized, victimized and suffer from untreated mental illness and substance abuse.
There are resource cards in every Bag to let them know, there is another way. And that they can have Hope because, if Jasmine can make it off the streets and find a New Life – So can they.
As the saying goes.. “Many hands make light work.” This is true because of the generosity within the community, schools, churches and other groups – As they have donated and filled over 4,000 bags!
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