Let’s bring awareness to straightforward concepts that work. Lowcountry Blessing Boxes are connecting the dots.
The simple concept is “Leave What You Can – Take What You Need,” and the ease is what makes it work. No paperwork. No identification. No lines. No judgement.
Blessing Boxes allow you to donate or receive nonperishable food and toiletry items completely anonymously.
Some of the boxes were built by scout troops, youth organizations, and religious groups. Many were set up by good neighbors who saw a need where they live. All are placed in public areas with easy access for folks to pull a car over and place (or take) a few items. Some of the helpful things found in Blessing Boxes include canned soups and fruits, peanut butter, pasta, rice, or other items that can help a family get through until payday. Baby wipes, diapers, pet food, and sample size shampoos and toothpaste are also useful.
“Getting the kids involved is as easy as taking them to the store and letting them pick out a few items to donate, then driving them to the Box nearest you. You may want to encourage older kids to earn the money to buy their donations, and make it a monthly project. One soon-to-be teenager is going to build a Blessing Box with her friends instead of having a traditional birthday party. Other kids have orchestrated canned good drives to fill our Boxes. This a community project and creative contributions are encouraged. As parents, it is our job to teach our children to be so many things – responsible, independent, respectful – but also to be kind.” -Katie Dahlheim
There are nearly 80 Blessing Boxes up and running throughout the Lowcountry.
You can find their google map on their social media pages or using this link: https://www.google.com/mymaps/viewer?mid=18BJKUNKKnt1VN-FQHAec1i6XN7w&hl=en