Rock Rio has begun a Care Package ministry for the homeless. If you know of someone that is homeless who is in need of a care package, please do not hesitate and contact us at 505-891-1838. If you would like to donate a care package to the church. Please drop it off at 1201 Golf Course Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.
ITEMS TO INCLUDE IN CARE PACKAGE:
A typical Care Package consists of a watertight gallon-size zipper-lock plastic bag filled with items like:
- Water bottle
- Tuna and crackers
- Granola Bar or cereal bar
- Fruit snack or applesauce cup
- Crackers with peanut butter or cheese
- Gift card to fast food
- Hand wipes
- Pack of Kleenex
- Maxi pads
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Nail clippers
- Comb or small brush
- Mints, cough drops or gum
- Note of encouragement or uplifting Bible verse
WHEN YOU GIVE CARE PACKAGES AWAY …
- Don’t be in a hurry. It’s okay to slip it out of your window to someone on a street corner or freeway ramp. But consider taking time to park the car and hand-deliver it.
- Smile. This person probably gets ignored by hundreds of people every day.
- Make eye contact. It shows that the person matters.
- Don’t give money. It’s your decision of course, but we generally discourage giving cash. Instead, ask that their immediate need is and consider how you can help. Buy them a meal? A bus ticket?
- Be available to have a conversation. Some people will not want to talk, so be sensitive. Others will be delighted to tell you their story.
- Pray, Before we go, while you go, for the people you encounter. Ask the person if they would like you to pray for them right there.
- Be wise. The majority of homeless men and women are not dangerous – they’re people just like you. But it’s smart to go out as a group when handing out Care Packages.
Fragranced items such as soap, hand lotion or deodorant can negatively affect the taste of food items if placed in the same bag. Pack these separately if you choose to give them.
Avoid items such as mouthwash or hand sanitizer that contain alcohol.
Care Packages are useful both in warm and cold weather. In summer, include sunblock or frozen bottles of water. In winter, include gloves, hats or heat packs.