Blessing Bags From Bronson
BRONSON - A toothbrush, soap, deodorant… Everyday items most of us have lying around at home, but for some people these things are a luxury.
As the holiday season falls upon us we find ourselves more appreciative of family friends and our homes. However, according to the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry there are about 2094 homeless people in Alachua County alone, that may not have some of these things to be thankful for.
Two teenage boys in Bronson, Breydon who's 13 years old and Devon 16 years old don't take for granted the little things they have. Brendon says, "I think people that take this stuff for granted, sometimes they get mad if they don't get what they want but they probably don't understand the people on the side of the road, they don't get what they want. Sometimes they go days without eating. I think they should just pitch in a little." Devon adds, "We kind of know what it's like to have stuff and they don't have anything so why not just spread it around, let everyone get what they need?"
The boys are collecting snacks, hygiene products and accepting donations to put together "Blessing Bags." With 93 likes on their page already they're using Facebook to bring awareness to the cause. Their mom is also helping out by making jewelry, jewelry that when they sell all profits will go towards this project.
Two days before Christmas the boys are planning to bring their blessing bags here to gainesville in order to pass them out in the streets of downtown and in places like St. Francis House.
While the boys cant find a house or a job for the homeless population, a small act of giving such as this one, may encourage them and go a long way they say. "I mean it don't take much… They got a few things to make them feel clean, make them feel presentable to where they can at least talk to somebody."
If you want to donate or get involved you can check out the boys' page on Facebook, click here.
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