Care Kits & Hope Cards

How can you help a hungry, homeless man or woman? Should you give money to a panhandler? Here’s a few tips for how you can best help someone in need.

Give Dignity

Many people struggling in homelessness begin to feel invisible and discarded. Even if you don’t have time to stop, it can help to look them in the eye, smile and say, “Hello”.

Take time for Conversation

Homelessness can be a lonely and frightening experience. Just taking time to talk and listen can be such an encouragement.

Meet a Need

You might ask, “What’s your greatest need right now?” Then consider how you can help meet that need. Buying them a meal, clothing or a blanket is usually better than simply giving cash.

Give Care Kits

Keep care kits in your vehicle so you’re prepared. See the list on this page for items to include in your care kit. Assembling care kits is a great activity for children, youth groups, Sunday school classes, small groups, families, clubs or teams to do together.

Give Missions Coupons

Point them to Capital City Rescue Mission where they can get even more help. Hand them a “Hope Card” with information about free meals, safe shelter, clothing and recovery programs. Let them know you regularly support the Mission so that their needs can be met by friendly people who care. Download Hope Cards (PDF).


Ask if you can pray for them and take a moment to do so if they are willing.

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 and be discerning when reaching out to people on the street.

Ask for Help

If you know someone who is homeless and you are looking for ways to help them, feel free to contact us for advice.

How to Pack a Care Kit

A typical Care Kit consists of a watertight gallon-size zipper lock plastic bag filled with items like:

  • Water bottle
  • Socks
  • Tuna and crackers
  • Granola Bar or cereal bar
  • Fruit snack or applesauce cup
  • Crackers with peanut butter or cheese
  • Gift certificate to fast food
  • Hand wipes
  • Pack of Kleenex
  • Maxi pads
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Band Aids
  • Chapstick
  • Comb or small brush
  • Mints, cough drops or gum
  • Mission coupons with ways the Mission can meet their needs
  • Note of encouragement or uplifting Bible verses

Some Suggestions

  • 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.
  • Have a Care Kit party! Gather family, friends, co-workers or your community group to purchase supplies and assemble Care Kits together.
  • Care Kits 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.

Download Care Kit and Hope Card Sheet

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