A Friendly Gift for an Unhoused Person (abridged)


Dear Friends:

My niece, who has been homeless, recommended preparing an old yet serviceable purse with sample sizes of nine useful items. This could be a gift to someone living on the street. The purse should have a shoulder strap so that it can be carried in addition to a backpack and still leave a person’s arms and hands free.

  • Tampons, pads
  • NSAID pain relief
  • Protein bars, fruit leather, granola bars
  • Band-aides
  • Safety pins
  • First aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Bouillon cubes or Ramen seasoning for broth (the taste of meat provides a sense of satiety)
  • Gift cards ($5) for fast food, socks or underwear, coffee

– Diana Egly, Palo Alto Meeting (PYM)

[Friend Diana has prepared a longer list of useful items, which is posted in Western Friend’s online library, here.]

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