So I decided that a package of goodies might be more practical than a few bucks. They can eat at their leisure, and they don't have to walk a mile to get it. It probably cost about $10-$15 each package, but I think it's worth it. I have also seen a few people with dogs, so I bought a large bag of dog treats and separated into ziplock bags. I have a soft spot for animals.
Every time I saw a good deal (10/$10), I bought things. I was at CVS and found the snack packs of tuna or chicken salad with cracker for only $1! They are normally $2.50. The easter candy was 75% off! I also stopped in the dollar store and grabbed some great deals - like 8 packs of cheese and crackers for $1! I also went into my stock of hotel lotion and shampoo and put those in there. I had bought a pack of socks that were too big for me, so I put in a pair in each. Anything helps! I had a list, and forgot some things, but it doesn't have to be perfect. Even a few goodies will make a difference!
Here is what I put in the 5 packages I made up, put in a airtight ziplock bag:
Party mix (or corn chips)
Tuna salad & crackers
Toothbrush & toothpaste
But what I really want them to know (I'll get a little more artistic next time):
Plastic cups of fruit or pudding (with spoon!)
Pre-paid phone card
Grocery store gift card
First aid kit
Let me know if you make up packages to share!
Peace. Love. Serene.