The Hope Bag is a project set up by Megan Holmes who is 13 years old and goes to Crossgate Church Preston. The idea came to Megan when she was out Christmas shopping with her Mum in 2015. She began to notice a lot of homeless people on the streets of Preston . When she went home she continued to think about the subject and started to do some research. Megan discovered that over 54,000 people in the U.K are homeless and more than 100 million people are homeless worldwide. This information was shocking to Megan and she didn’t think this was right. This gave her the motivation to do something, she wanted to make a difference. Jesus cared for everyone and so Megan wanted to do just that.
Megan came up with the idea of a bag and called it the Hope Bag which is a reusable bag you can give to people on the street containing essential items for everyday use that you and me take for granted. She spoke with some homeless people and Homeless shelters to ask what they actually needed not what we think they need. And so the Hope Bag was created.
Within the bag there are: toothbrush, toothpaste, thermal hat, foil blanket, Vaseline, socks, tissues, shampoo and body wash sachet, wipes and mints. All inside the semi waterproof drawstring bag.
To help this project get off the ground Megan has spoken at churches, schools, business meetings and other organisations to raise the awareness or our homeless problem and to raise funds.
We recommend a minimum £4 donation for a bag and they can be purchased from the Serve Our Community Charity Shop in Preston.Once purchased the rest is up to the buyer. They can keep the bag in their car and give the bag out at the opportune moment, take it out with them whilst shopping or they can purchase a bag from the Serve Our Community Charity Shop in Preston who will give the bag out on their behalf.
If you would like to know more about the Hope Bag project them please send us a message.