Woman helping addicts, homeless with "blessing bags" in need of help to reach more
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) —
For the last three years, Brenda Stewart has put together blessing bags.
Brenda is the founder of "The Addict's Parents United," a group that supports parents dealing with children battling addiction.
"It's a way to give back to others that are less fortunate, " said Stewart. "I also do this to honor the lives that are lost through addiction."
Last year, Stewart bagged up more than 1,000 blessing bags. This year, she plans to hand out more than 2,000, but because the need is so overwhelming, she's in need of donations now.
"We are in desperate need, " she says.
Some of the items she's looking for include hats, gloves, and scarves. She says they also need feminine products, water, combs and brushes.
"These are items many of us take for granted," said Stewart.
Stewart gives out the blessing bags to those on the streets. She donates them to homeless shelters and camps. The blessing bags are also given to sober living homes and halfway homes.
"It's just necessities to help make life easier, " she said. "I do it, because why wouldn't you?"