I was blessed to live in a homeless “transitional housing” facility for almost three years.
While we were still newlyweds paying off college loans and just beginning to grow our family, we accepted the position of “Resident Managers” of a home that helps homeless families get back on their feet by offering them a place to live rent-free for 90 days.
Residents were required to work full time, take budgeting and community living classes (my job! I loved teaching!), and spend money only on needs – no wants. The organization’s goal was to help them become self-sufficient by working through how they became homeless and lightening their burden long enough for them to make an action plan for the future.
One of the ways we lightened that burden was by providing them free access to a pantry with food and household items. We expected them to eat and “shop” from the pantry as much as possible so that they could save their paycheck for rent somewhere upon graduation. We relied on donations to keep the pantry full and I loved seeing the generosity of our community. Our churches especially shined and made me so proud to be part of the body of Christ!
People donated everything you can think of, but it was definitely weighted toward “food bank staples” – canned soups, mac ‘n cheese, peanut butter, tooth brushes, hamburger helper, spaghetti noodles, etc. Our residents were, of course, thankful for everything they received, but I will say that it made me sad for them to have to eat such heavily processed food during a time in their life when they really needed good fuel for motivation.
I naturally got really excited when someone brought in organic vegetables and fresh/frozen meat and produce. But you want to know what really made everyone happy? Trash bags, paper towels, zip locks, toilet paper, and laundry detergent.
Most of those things are what we’d consider “essential.” While I know that I can make do just fine with cloth in the kitchen and re-usable containers, our residents were just trying to keep their heads above water and needed life to be as easy as possible.
So, not having laundry detergent? That was a genuine crisis!
Our residents were often trying to find jobs, or better jobs, and needed to be as professional as possible which is already difficult when life is crashing down around you. So, much of our discretionary funding went toward those sorts of items that just weren’t donated often enough.
I’m not exaggerating to say that a donated box of laundry detergent can make the difference for a family in whether or not they feel they can continue on with hope.
So, when I heard that one of the bonuses for buying The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was a 64 load box of laundry detergent DONATED to a food bank (in addition to the one that they give YOU for free!), I knew I needed to write this post.
For less than $30, you get $900+ of homemaking resources including a 64 pack of laundry detergent strips AND you get to bless a family in need with free laundry detergent when Dizolve donates a second pack to a food bank!!
That detergent is almost worth the price of the bundle by itself! And guess what? This ain’t no mac ‘n cheese detergent! Dizolve laundry strips are eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, vegan, paraben-free, and generally just the sort of thing that would have made me jump and squeal if it came in to our donation pantry. :)
(Redeeming this particular bonus does mean signing up for a Dizolve autoship membership, but you can cancel at any time so you aren’t obligated to pay anything beyond the initial $3 shipping cost!)
So how awesome is it that you get to bless other just for making a purchase that you want to make anyway? :)
Other Ideas for Ways to Bless People With Your Bundle Purchase
* Print out titles that you aren’t especially in need of and gift them to people who would be encouraged by them.
* Buy an extra bundle to gift – at a discount! When you visit the purchase page for the bundle this year, you’ll see an option to buy 2 more at the price of 1! That means you can buy three (PDF) bundles at just $19.98 each!
* Use the recipes found in the awesome food-related ebooks to make a meal for someone going through a tough time.
* Use what you learn from the bundle resources to teach a class! Sewing 101? Meal planning? DIY Natural Cleaners?
* Use your free Dayspring cards to send encouraging notes to far away mama friends
And please know that you are blessing ME just by reading this far! :)