How To Put Together A Care Pack For a Homeless Person

Care Pack for the Homeless

Picture this: A cold and dreary work day like any other, one among many in the relentless chill of a Canadian winter. Bundled up in my winter gear, forging my way forward against the biting wind, my excellent peripheral vision picked out someone ahead of me, sitting in the snow. I shuddered, shocked that someone had to sit on the snow-clad ground. We made eye contact. My conscience hollered for me to stop, but I was going to be late for work. I walked on. Having dealt with my first bit of work, I snuck off and went to get a bagel and a coffee. By the time I got back to the street, it had been over 40 minutes since we had made eye-contact. The homeless guy had moved on to greener pastures.

And there and then, as I turned this way and that on the sidewalk like an idiot, holding a steaming cup of joe in one hand and a buttered bagel in the other, I resolved to do something about my bad timing and guilty conscience. I resolved never to be found wanting again.

HOW??

I don’t believe in tossing coins at a homeless person. I’ve seen some with little plastic cups beside them, filled with pennies and the odd nickel and dime. Sure, they ask for your spare change, but it’s code. What they’re really asking for is compassion, some human connection. Or possibly something to feed their nicotine habit. Anyhow, it’s the height of bad manners to toss pennies at people. Picture yourself in that situation, being tossed at, or trying to count out pennies for a coffee while a line forms behind you and the cashier sighs with impatience. Just don’t do it.

What, then? Well, if it’s lunchtime and you’re not running late, and there’s a nearby store, you could go buy a sandwich, or maybe a cup of soup in the winter. The first time I did that, my heart pounded, but it got easier the second time. After that, I was looking forward to seeing a homeless person. But only if I wasn’t in a rush, and there’s a supermarket nearby, and it wasn’t late at night. Thing is, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. The homeless person won’t necessarily make it easy for you. Try to outwit him. Carry the stuff with you.

WHAT??!!

Granted, you can’t carry perishables every day. Your bag will get stained and start to smell funky. Your friends and colleagues will start giving you funny looks and edge away. So, give it some thought. Some perishables aren’t that perishable (think canned drinks and snack bars), while small articles of winter gear (a tuque, a scarf, a pair of socks) will last forever and won’t take up much room in your everyday bag.

WHY SHOULD YOU???

If you’re reading this, chances are that you have a roof over your head, you’ve never worried too much where the next meal’s coming from (heck, you even have three square ones every day), and you have people who care about you. Let’s face it. The homeless, by definition, don’t have any of the above. And with privilege, as the saying goes, comes obligation.

Start planning how to outwit the next homeless person you see. No matter where he sets up his spot, you’ll be ready for him. Because…you’ll be carrying with you a Care Pack, in which you have stuffed all manner of goodies that a homeless person would be happy to receive.

THINGSTO PUT IN YOUR CARE PACK

A: Perishables

  • soft drink (canned coffee might go over better than a juice box)
  • meal replacement bar or snack bar
  • fruit bar (never forget those vitamins)

I prefer not to get anything that’s out and out bad for you, but if you’re the kind of person who lives on junk food and feeds that to your kids, feel free to include all manner of junk—you’re not abusing the homeless, you’re just treating them like family!

B: Non-perishables

  • a tuque (a must for any Canadian winter) or
  • a scarf or
  • a pair of gloves or
  • a pair of socks

Do not give the homeless person your tatty cast-offs; there’s loads of this kind of stuff available at your local dollar/thrift store, e.g. tube socks in packs of 6. Put everything into a small box--those sturdy plastic ones you get takeout from your favourite restaurant work perfectly.

DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for you getting hurt by a homeless person, so to this end, I have compiled the following lists. Please read the following very carefully and use your common sense.

You do NOT approach the homeless person who is doing any of the following:

  • shouting and/or gesticulating at people both seen and unseen
  • mumbling to himself
  • swinging a half empty glass bottle in one hand
  • holding a steaming cup of joe in one hand
  • wafting alcohol fumes and other pleasant effluents downwind of his beat
  • has a crazy look in his eyes (you may define crazy any way you please)
  • has bad penmanship or grammatical errors on his cardboard plaque (jk)

The homeless person whom you will approach will be known to you by the following characteristics:

  • is sitting cross-legged on the ground (someone capable of a yoga pose is probably harmless, or at the very least, it will take him time to get to his feet, by which time you would have scampered off two blocks down the street)
  • is not making eye-contact with anyone; his eyes are fixed upon the ground, where images of his sad past are replaying before his eyes (he will have no time to look at your face and recognise your mug as you quickly leave your offering and then scamper off, thus making you anonymous and safe)
  • has the saddest look on his face that you have ever seen (if you don’t stop for this guy, you just know you will be up half the night)

And there you have it: the whys and wherefores of putting together your very own version of a care pack to offer the next harmless-looking homeless person you come across.

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Miss Info 5 years ago from New York City

I really liked your hub. Keep up the good work.


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Stigma31 5 years ago from Kingston, ON

I really liked thie hub too. I have met a few nice homeless people. Excellent idea. Voting up!


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feenix 5 years ago

visionandfocus, this is a very useful hub and it is of particular interest to me. Two or three days each week, I do volunteer work in a shelter for the homeless. And you called it right when you wrote that many of the homeless just want to make some kind of contact with members of the mainstream.


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada Author

Thank you, Miss Info and Stigma31, for the support! I really appreciate it!

Feenix, I didn't realise you volunteer at a shelter. Good for you! I'm so glad you found this hub useful. Thanks so much for commenting!


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Goodpal 5 years ago

This is really a unique hub. It is rare to meet people so thoughtful as you, visionandfoucs. I have highest regard for your wonderful volition reflecting goodwill towards poor people. They need care and dignified treatment at the hands of those who are capable and live within walls, called a house, and have refrigerators overflowing with foodstuff.

I, incidentally, wrote a hub poverty and how poor people perform useful function, and hence deserve respect. http://hubpages.com/politics/Usefulness-of-Poverty

Thank you very much.


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feenix 5 years ago

visionandfocus, actually, I am a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. I was never homeless but I was a very troubled person.

So now that I have gotten back on my feet, I am doing as much as I can to help those who are not as fortunate as I. Thus, not only do I do volunteer work in shelters for the homeless, I also volunteer in hospitals for military veterans and in a couple of New York City jails.

I am not boasting. It is just that I receive a great deal of satisfaction from helping those who are in the same jam that I was in at one time.


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Goodpal 5 years ago

Feenix, I really admire your personal effort to come out of addiction and it is still wonderful that you are helping people become stronger.

I agree, there is tremendous and deeply felt satisfaction and pleasure when we are of use to others without expecting anything in return. This is really true love -- a one-way traffic.

In fact, we all should feel grateful towards the needy and poor who allow us to perform "good deeds" so that we become better humans. By helping them we are helping ourselves - I fully believe in it. There is tremendous inner growth when we sincerely help others, who are weak and needy.

Thanks for candid sharing.


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feenix 5 years ago

Goodpal, thank you very much for your uplifting words.

I am a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and in that fellowship one of the mantras is one cannot help himself/herself unless he/she constantly extends a helping hand to others.


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Goodpal 5 years ago

Yes, helping others is perhaps the best way to help ourselves and discover our own good nature at the core of our hearts. It always gives me pleasure to discover people walking on the path of goodness.

Thanks for sharing.


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada Author

feenix, I really admire your honesty and compassion. It's so inspiring to me to hear stories like yours. Makes me want to be a better person!

Goodpal, thank you for your kind words and thanks for pointing me to your hub (I LOVE those pics!!) and have linked to it. I see you've linked to mine too. I really appreciate it!


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feenix 5 years ago

Why thank you very much, visionandfocus. Your kind words have given me a big lift.


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daisyjae 5 years ago from Canada

Very thoughtful hub.


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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

You have a good heart! This contains some very useful information but personally if I was going to give a homeless person food or drink it wouldn't be junk because their immune systems are having a hard time already. Perhaps some fruit juice instead of a soft drink.

The socks and scarves etc are a good idea. I would give them money and not care what they spent it on. Even if it's drink or tobacco because their lives are so tough they deserve a bit of escapism! I like a drink now and then and so do most of us. Anyway it'll warm them up. ;)

I wouldn't be worried about someone mumbling, they have a lot to mumble about, but some of the other safety advice is good.


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada Author

Thank you so much, daisyjae and aslanlight, for commenting and for your kind words. Haha, aslanlight, you're right, they do have a lot to mumble about, so I shouldn't hold that against them! LOL


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Jokylu 5 years ago from Waratah North, Victoria.

Wonderfull hub and so, so thoughtful. We could extend the thought of care packs further with one for new mums, or recently bereaved or terminally ill. I enjoy reading your hubs, you have a beautiful heart. God Bless You

Judy


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada Author

Hi, Jokylu! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. You're very kind! And I like your idea of care packs for other people who need them. We all need a boost some time in our lives, and a kind word or some concrete help at the right time would mean so much.

I enjoy reading your hubs too! Have already left fan mail for you, and don't want to keep doing it lest I come across as a stalker! LOL See you around!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Sound advice - I used to carry extra bananas and soft snacks when I worked downtown. Thanks for this common-sense approach to true charity.


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada Author

Hi RedElf! Yes, it's all common sense, though as with courtesy, sadly, it's just not that common anymore. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

"...With privilege comes obligation"

What a wonderful string of words you offer!

Really awesome hub! Up and,...well awesome!

Welcome to HubPages!

K9


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada Author

Hi, K9keystrokes! Thank you so much for the welcome and the up vote, and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it!


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Goodpal 5 years ago

Hi visionandfocu, Please put together another "Care Pack" to help another category of "poor" who are so filthy rich that they have ceased to be good responsible citizens. Another category is those who are unable to stand on their skills and have to rob or cheat people to survive.

Thanks.


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

A hub with a heart! :)

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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada Author

@Goodpal: I understand whay you're saying. I read your hub on 'Climate Change: How Vulnerable are the Poor and Women in India?' and totally agree with you. There are many who exploit (knowingly or unknowingly/ignorantly) those less privileged than themselves. I hope you give voice to these 'voiceless' as much as you can. Kudos to you!

@ripplemaker: Thank you! I'm honoured to be nominated! Will go check out the link.


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Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

These are some great ideas. I often see homeless in my city which is quite small in comparison to most. My heart just goes out to them. However, you can't take them all home with you so what can you do. This perfect. I have stopped and given cash to people in the city and always wondered if I just supplied booze for a drunk or did I support a freeloader living in a ritzy home. None the less, I only give when the spirit moves me and pray that the Holy Spirit guides me to the ones who are really needy. I like this idea and appreciate your compassion, few have it these days. Great Hub voted you up!


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada Author

Hi Naomi's Banner! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it would be nice to know who to stop for, but I'm real chicken, so I only stop for the truly harmless-looking ones. :) Hope you have fun making up and giving out your care packs!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

A Care Pack is a must-have when visiting a city. Here in the Philippines, there are lots of them that I often pity them all the time. When I was on the radio, we used to help an institution shouldered by social works department. Children, elders and other street urchins mix with the city scenes everyday.

Thanks, visionandfocus for this very important hub.


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TheWorldNow 5 years ago from Washington DC

Wow, this is a truly inspiring hub. You are the type of person all of humanity should look to as an example of compassion. I will do my best to follow in your footsteps! Thank you for brightening my day by reminding me that there are people out there as amazing as you!


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

this is a good hub but a tough subject - recently in Toronto an older lady that shakes and wears rags had a story written about her..... her owned a high rise condo, her sons each had a car and all lived on her pan handling. A lady who walked by her bought her a brand new winter coat while she was watched.... she thanks the lady endlessly for the coat... but when no-one was looking she walked over to a garbage and threw it away and moved to another street to panhandle. Things are not always as they seem


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Avory Shell 5 years ago

Great hub! Putting together a care pack is such a great idea! Very useful, and voted up!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wonderful hub. Voted it awesome and useful. Thanks for great advice not only on how to connect, but also on how to recognize people who are mentally ill and not safe to approach.

Good luck with the contest. :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Well, congratulations to you. This hub just earned you the third place spot and an announcement in the weekly newsletter! Great job.


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada Author

Thank you so much, everyone! I'm honoured and thrilled to have been chosen!!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

What a marvelous Hub. So many times I feel terrible for the homeless people and am left unable to help. I will put together several "kits" and carry them in my car. In the winter my heart just breaks for them. When I worked for a photography studio, I saved all the soft table coverings and took them to the local Salvation Army kitchen. When a homeless person left after eating, they could take a blanket. You have inspired me to start a blanket drive so we have a supply for next winter. Bless you for your caring heart.

I saw this Hub on the Newsletter and am ever so glad. Congratulations to you.


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I also keep some dog food and treats in my car, as I have seen a few homeless people lucky enough to have a best friend with them on their journeys. Before I was laid off, my workplace of 13-years was downtown St. Louis, where there was heavy homeless foot traffic. I made many friends and your thoughtful suggestions, like coffee instead of juice, hit the spot. I no longer travel the 2-1/2 hour commute to and from work so I no longer see my Locust Street friends, but I hope they are lucky enough to meet acquaintances just like you. You restore my faith in humanity, visionandfocus. Thank you for all you do and your inspiration to others to not look the other way. Those that have never struggled sometimes forget that although they ate that day, there are those that are waiting...and hungry. It is important to not turn away with the thought that you can't make a difference or let the next guy take care of things, because that may mean another day where the hungry only get hungrier. Anyone with a heart would have a hard time sleeping knowing they turned away from another's basic human needs. Thank you.


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Ashlea B 5 years ago

Thanks for this great idea! I LOVE it!!! When I see people in need it's easy to not be sure what to give them. We are involved in some volunteering at our local non-profits that help those in need. I like this avenue because I know they are feeding them or providing them shelter, etc. BUT, sometimes you see that person on the street that you feel bad neglecting. This hub makes me want to go make-up a bunch or care packages to have on hand... especially in the winter. THANK YOU!!


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justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

Really fantastic ideas! Voted up and shared! :)


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Kosmo 5 years ago from California

Thanks for the thoughtful and insightful article about homeless folks. I'm sure many of them would appreciate the care package you envision. By the way, I also wrote a hub about homeless people in Sacramento. Later!


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada Author

Thanks so much, everyone, for taking the time to comment. So glad you enjoyed the hub and some of you have great ideas too, like the dog treats! Great stuff!


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WLWC 5 years ago from Arkansas

Good idea with the care pack; good advice with the warnings/tips on how to recognize a safe person to approach; great way to address the guilt we all feel, but don't know how to safely and economically squash. Now we have no excuse, eh? And I just had some Chinese take-out this weekend...


Barbara Gordon 5 years ago

How thoughtful, kind and insightful you are. I am using info from your article--with your permission--on a website of a domestic violence organization I volunteer with. I was putting together a "Survival Guide" for financially challenged people. Your content fits.


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visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada Author

@WLWC: Those take-out boxes are just asking to be recycled, so you'd be killing 2 birds with 1 stone! lol

Thanks for reading and commenting!

@Barbara Gordon: Yes, of course, by all means, use any info from this article for your website. If you like, you can send me the link and I will add it here.

Thanks for taking the time to comment! Appreciate it!


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aefrancisco 5 years ago from somewhere down the road

Great hub ...

Thank you for sharing ...

oh by the way ...

Home Sweet Home fellow hubber :) For we are all bless to have one :)


slyfox 4 years ago

good to see you have a sense of humor..however, people that can't spell may just be illiterate or have a mental disability, so don't count them out. (I've seen people online who can't spell, but that's another story.) I'm homeless myself, but I don't panhandle. Most homeless people I know are trying to find work or receive benefits. And, some are pregnant or have kids. Don't mean to lecture, but...Oh, and a fair amount of panhandlers aren't even homeless. This is how they earn a living. But, I think your idea of giving them socks and such is a great idea. Every little bit helps.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

This is really, really good advice. I can only add one point. Make sure the homeless person seems to want the care pack. There are always those few out there who need some kind of a drug fix and they have asked for spare change because their goal that afternoon is drugs -- in which case even though they could really use the care pack, they are more likely to toss it aside and lose it as they pursue the fix they need.

I'm not hardened. I do know that most homeless people need a care pack and you have given us such a good nudge in the right direction. It is important, though, to spot the right homeless person to give the care pack to on a cold day or night -- and your suggestions on how to spot that person are good. And sometimes it's the guy behind us in the line up for hot chocolate -- who finally has the needed amount of change, but that is all he has. There but for the grace of God, go I.

Voting up, useful and sharing.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

What a selfless and generous idea! When I lived in San Francisco, there were plenty of such unfortunates all up and down Market Street.

Many of those fell into your 'do not approach' category, but there were some that I wondered, "What happened here? Why and how did this person end up in this situation?" But, like you, with the guilty conscience, I would walk on about my business...afraid, I suppose.

Where I live now, there are really no areas where we see this problem, and the few 'beggars' we do come across are pretty obviously looking for cash to get their next 'fix' of whatever--drugs; ciggies; booze. I won't donate to that cause.

This is sure food for thought, though! Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.


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visionandfocus 4 years ago from North York, Canada Author

@Pamela Kinnaird W: Oh, absolutely. I agree with you that not all of them would be appreciative. One grumpy old guy rejected my offer of a scarf, saying, "And what would I want with that?" Hmm, it was the dead of winter....oh well, on to the next one. :) Thanks so much for your insightful comment. Appreciate it!

@DzyMsLizzy: Exactly, some look so out of place it breaks your heart. And we can never judge, because we have no idea how they got into that situation. You know, same goes for the druggies, 'cos no-one chooses to be in that situation. Something just went terribly, terribly wrong. There but for the grace of God, as Pamela Kinnaird W said so eloquently. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Much appreciated!


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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Every country and just about every major city has homeless people who for reasons mostly known end up without a roof over their heads. Be it temporary or semi-permanent they need every bit of help they can get _ cash, clothes and care primarily.

Your hub points us in the right direction and suggests we are careful in our approach to individuals who just may have erratic behaviour patterns. That's good. Caring is one thing but being reckless is another. Votes for your compassionate hub.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

What a freakin' cool hub. So many of us just don't know what the heck to do and this seems like the perfect answer. I wanna start putting together some kits like right now. What a fabulous idea!! Thank you for sharing this and I'm sharing this all over the place. :)


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

This was a really thoughtful hub. We see so many people each day, homeless! This was so nice of you to share your thoughts and feelings. I have witnessed a few, and approached a few too, and it has not always been a positive response when you try to help them out. But it is good to try, as you don't feel guilty of not lending a helping hand.

Voted up, useful and sharing!


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

This really got me thinking. It is so impersonal throwing coins at them like they're invisible or not worth engaging with. I love your ideas. What a thoughtful and sensitive soul you are. Voted up and shared.


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Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

Amazing hub! I am voting this one up and I am going to keep your suggestions in mind and see if I can be of some help. I do have on question though, I am not familiar with the word tuque. What is that?


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crazyhorsesghost 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

Voted up and shared. This is one of the best Hubs I've seen in a long time. I've worked with the homeless and hungry for over 40 years now. This hub gives great ideals about really helping the homeless. We give out food on the street on a regular basis and they always are excited to see us coming. We give out hygiene packs about once a month and they are always looked forward to by the homeless people. Blankets is another thing homeless people need. Thanks for doing this Hub Page and giving great ideals. Thanks.


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California

Great Hub with important information. Socially shared.


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Michael Tully 4 years ago

This is a really good idea, and so simple. Voted up, beautiful, and sharing.


Southernmapart 4 years ago

As some have noted in their comments, there are many unaddressed issues about panhandling and homelessness. Some cities have outlawed panhandling and "loitering."


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Love this idea...I am always torn about what to do when I see a homeless person with the cardboard sign...I am always afraid that if I give them money they will use it for drugs or alcohol. If I give them a care package, I can help by giving them items they need and some snacks and not have to worry about what they do with it...voted up!


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Dontei 4 years ago

I loved your hub, these are they types of things that can really make a difference if people give there time and effort. Unfortunately we as a people have adopted the idea that throwing money at a problem will solve it, but it doesn't always work that way.


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alifeofdesign 4 years ago from New Hamphire

Great topic. Well thought of ideas. Very caring of you, as well. I enjoy volunteering and make a few different items to give to local charities, but I actually have never thought to do this. You've changed my mind, visionandfocus, thank you.

Your suggestions on what items to give is very helpful. My hope is that someday, no one will be homeless. In the mean while, we are all better if we offer help to those that need it.


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carozy 4 years ago from San Francisco

Very caring hub.


genaea 4 years ago

Good hub. I often wonder how to deal with this situation because I hate throwing pennies too. But I have found that I am only prompted to offer help to certain ones. It is good info to hear (again) that things are better than money. I got lots of things! Hardly ever have extra change :) Thanks!


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mizjo 3 years ago from New York City, NY

You've put your heart into this hub. And sprinkled some wit into a sad and serious subject.

I'd never thought of carepacks for the homeless before, though I do give them money, and food when it's in my hands at the time.

We have a rising epidemic of homelessness in New York City. I'm linking your hub to one I wrote about it. I won't write the title here since we're not supposed to promote our own hubs in comments.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

This is such an important message. It is about selfless giving...I just published an article about this kind of giving yesterday. And I don't give money but I will buy sandwiches and take to homeless who I see. And I have also given other things but sometimes they are refused and that is fine. All we can do is offer kindly and if what we offer is refused it may be because of embarrassment. Whatever the reason, still continue to give. These are great suggestions. Sending Angels to you :) ps


Lisa Ramscar 3 years ago

great to see people who want to help other human beings. I need some ideas. can anyone help. I am tryin to set up a cottage industry for poor people in India. so for have bought sewing machine for them and a room but what are good things to make and sell. Sell them locally or ebay? my email is

lisa.ramscar@yahoo.com

here is my blog lisaramscar.wordpress.com


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SallyTX 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

Dandy ideas! Voted up, awesome and shared! ;D


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markmclain 2 years ago

Very well thought out and well written hub. Appreciate the information provided. Thank you for bringing attention to the homeless. Wishing you continued success.


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handymanbill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

Great ideas. Especially at this time off year (fall). You give them money and it probably will be spent on something else drugs, alcohol ect.


nikashi_designs 22 months ago

Great article, very much enjoyed the read. The care package is a perfect idea and one that I will implement. My friends and I go out on midnight run into NYC to seek homeless and offer some coffee, sandwiches, and some conversation which seems to be what they really want. Most are pretty interesting and have had normal lives in the past, just circumstances have put them and sometimes the family on the streets. Its crazy cold today so will put together some care packages. Thanks again.

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