Care-Bags.org is a site dedicated to the ongoing creation and delivery of care bags for the homeless people in Logan Square, Chicago. This site is a resource for those wanting to make their own care bags, Information about assistance in the Chicago community as well as weekly updates, video interviews with the homeless and much more.
Making care bags for the homeless started in April of 2013. I had some clothing I wanted to donate to local homeless in my neighborhood. While organizing the clothing, I decided to include water, clif bars and some other items around my home. I began to devote thought to what I personally would need if I was living homeless. That process created a lot of empathy and understanding which transcends into other areas of life. Since the beginning, many clothing/knitting drives have been organized, hundreds of care bags have been made, discussions/organizing efforts at local schools and businesses and many people have made their own care bags to deliver in their communities. In November, 2013, my efforts along with the tremendous support of my community and friends, awarded me the inaugural LaVerne Gage Award by The ReVive Center for Housing and Healing.
The care packages contain variations of the following and are made and delivered every weekend, bottles of water, gatorade, nutritional drink, wet wipes, tissues, antacid tablets, notebooks, pens, deodorant, vitamins, first aid, medicated powder, chapstick, sunscreen, zip-loc bags, fresh fruit, gum, peanut butter sandwich crackers, granola bars, sweet and salty nut bars, nutrigrain bar, sun chips, gogo squeez applesauce packet, larabars, clif bars, slim jims/beef jerky, luna bars, candy bar, nuts, trail mix and a packet of various homeless shelters and resources in the city, address, numbers and services they provide. The black canvas bags are generously donated by Strack & Van Til of Logan Square, Chicago. For assistance making your own care bags, follow this link.
Video interviews are an important part of shedding light on the struggles of the homeless. I have learned so much about these people, my community and myself. I am developing relationships with these men and woman and in turn sharing my experiences that wouldn’t have been possible without the vehicle of the care bags. I urge people that live where homelessness is present to create care bags for themselves and experience the positive effects on the recipients but most of all to themselves. There are many ways you can help lessen the struggle of the homeless. You can create your own care bags, donate to this cause or just asking a homeless person their name does more than you could ever imagine. Big thanks To Anthony Sutton, S X Tech, Inc., for donating this site.