Last week I found out that Safelight had run out of the bags we made them last summer. We did Summer Fun bags with lots of goodies and cards inside that were uplifting and encouraging. I delivered 52 bags to the shelter then, and had enough cards, cases, lipsticks and balms, sunscreen, and money left in reserve to do 15 more bags. I ordered more bags when they went on sale last summer, and just stored the supplies for when the shelter ran out. I had found a bonanza of lipsticks at the thrift store last fall, still sealed, and they gave me a wonderful deal on them, so I took all 70 or so that they had. I’ll be able to add one to these bags, and have plenty for the next go as well.
I ordered more goodies online and got busy while I waited for the shipment. Assembling all the items together, I began stuffing sunglasses cases with sunglasses that went well with the prints on the cases. The cosmetic cases got a lipstick, a lip balm, nail polish and emery boards.
The shipment came last Friday, and I picked up the hairbrushes and pedicure kits, along with more sunscreen. Every bag got two cards too.
Here are just some of the wonderful cards I saved from last summer to use now.
These are all so cute, each one unique. The ones below are decorated inside as well as on the front. Thank you, Barbara!
I needed a couple of guy friendly cards, so I made these with my little pickup truck and one of my favorite inspirational stamps.
I stamped the outside of the envelopes with Thinking of You. I added stickers to those envelopes that didn’t already have something on the front.
I made two more guy bags as well, using nice black shoebags and putting in male style sunglasses in hard shell black cases, new hairbrush, and some toiletry items in black vinyl zipper cases.
So, there they are, 15 ladies spa bags and two men’s bags all packed and ready to go.
I hope these will last a couple of months, but the shelter tells me they are seeing more clients and that those clients have shorter stays, so the turnover is increasing. I hope to do this project again later, perhaps in late spring or early summer.
What are you working on now?