What is a Hope Bag?

The purpose of a Hope Bag is to provide community members with something other than cash to give to a panhandler on a corner. Available free from local businesses, a Hope Bag is any portable, leak-proof bag that contains essentials like water, non-perishable food, deodorant, soap, feminine products, shaving tools, mini flashlights, emergency blankets, wet wipes, gloves or socks and a Just One Thing contact sheet.

And what would I do with one?

  • Businesses can host a small basket of Hope Bags for people to pick up.
  • Keep several in your car; when you see a panhandler, you can give them a Hope bag instead of $$$
  • Find a collection bin at a local business and drop in a few of the items mentioned below
  • Join a "Hope Bag Assembly" party - see our calendar for upcoming parties

Items needed for Hope Bags


Shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, body wash, deodorant, toilet paper, toothbrushes, mouthwash, etc.

Backpacks and School Supplies:

Any grade level - pens, pencils, notebooks, crayons, colored pencils, markers, index cards, highlighters, binders, sharpies, gluesticks, printer paper, backpacks


Small bottles

Food Serving Needs:

Paper plates/cups, plastic utensils, paper towels, etc.


Non-perishable, healthy foods and snacks, protein drinks/bars, tuna fish, canned meat or soups w/ easy open top, peanut butter


Used cell phones, used glasses and hearing aids, mini flashlights, emergency blankets, gloves, socks, feminine hygiene products, laundry soap, dish soap, baby blankets, diapers, wet wipes, cleaning supplies, gallon Ziploc bags, reusable shopping bags

Just One Thing is a community coalition of volunteers and not a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, therefore, we are unable to accept monetary donations.

If you wish to make a monetary donation, we suggest you donate to one of our partner charitable organizations listed on our Resources page.

Where do I donate?