Dignity Bag for the Homeless X

Kynd Kit X

Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • What is one thing you are grateful for that you might otherwise take for granted before building this kyndkit?

  • Self-care and personal hygiene are directly related to less illness and better overall health. What is one thing you do on a regular basis to take care of yourself and how does that help your mood?

The Recipient

For people experiencing homelessness, basic essentials can make a huge difference. This kit is designed to build dignity bags to hand out when you see someone who could use it. There are an estimated 553,742 people in the United States experiencing homelessness on a given night, according to the most recent national point-in-time estimate. This represents a rate of approximately 17 people experiencing homelessness per 10,000 people in the general population.

The Reason

The most basic needs can make a world of difference to those experiencing homelessness. By making a dignity bag you can impact someone with a meaningful, thoughtful action.

Step 1: Unpack the Box

  • Take everything out of the box
  • Lay everything out in groups sorted by item type

Step 2: Find the Kynd Card

This is for you to spread extra kyndness to someone in your own life.  Consider writing a note to a friend, loved one, or colleague that you are grateful for.  Address the note and send it in the mail or give it to someone in person.

DO NOT include this in the finished kit.

Step 3: Find your DIY Activities

  • Set up a customization table and complete the following DIY activities. 
    • Have all of your decorating supplies ready. Crayons, pens, markers, stickers, etc.
    • The DIY activities in this X kit are a card and envelope, canvas bag, and plastic bags.
Completed Kynd Kits go all over the world. As you customize your kit, please refrain from using any religion or political content.

Write a Note to the Recipient

1. Find the following items:
  • Blank card and matching envelope
  • Enclosed materials such as crayons, markers, stickers
2. Write your letter and decorate the envelope.
  • Use the enclosed materials to decorate the card.
    • Express your encouragement and include a hopeful message.
      • Helpful Tips:
        • Do not include a date or year on the letter.
        • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess.
          * Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!


Decorate the Canvas Bag

1. Find the following items:
  • Canvas bag
  • Permanent markers
2. Decorate the canvas bag.
  • Use the permanent markers to decorate the canvas bag.
    • Make the bag fun and colorful.
      * Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!

Decorate the Plastic Bag

1. Find the following items:
  • Write-on plastic bag
  • Permanent markers
2. Decorate the plastic bag.
  • The plastic bag is designed to be written on. 
  • Use the enclosed markers to write an encouraging message or draw a picture on the white panel on the plastic bag. This is how your kit is distributed, make this fun and colorful.

Step 4: Set the Assembly Line

  • Set up an assembly line with all decorated and non-decorated items
  • Use the blank hexagon stickers provided to label each box on the inside with how many items go in each bag.
    • In this kit, you will have one of each item and 3 bandaids per kit.


Step 5: Walk Through the Assembly Line

  • Starting with the plastic bag, pack the materials into the decorated plastic bag. 
  • For every X kit you ordered, you will end up with 10 Dignity Bags for the Homeless Kynd Kits. 
  • Add any optional items you would like
  • Hygiene items
  • Protein rich snacks
  • Basic first-aid items
Things not to include: 
  • Used/opened items
  • Alcohol 
  • Political or religious items 
  •  Perishable items
  • Foods containing nuts

Step 6: Delivery Options

If you are delivering in bulk or shipping the kits back to Kynd Kits:
  • Let attendees know where to leave their completed kits.
  • Remind them how they will get to the people in need.
If individuals are delivering them to someone in need:
  • Remind attendees they are responsible for taking the kits with them and delivering them.
  • Encourage them to take pictures or post their delivery on KyndHub for the group to see.

Share Your Impact

Post your experience on KyndHub.

KyndHub is an online community that gamifies volunteering, acts of kindness, and gratitude.

  1. Go to KyndHub.com or download the free app.
  2. Create a free account or log in.
  3. Select “I Built a Kynd Kit” from the post menu.
  4. Post about your kit.


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Dollars for Doers

  • If your company offers a Dollars for Doers program, you can submit the time you spent building your Kynd Kit to benefit Project Helping. 

Official Name: Project Helping

Website: ProjectHelping.org

EIN/Tax ID: 45-2442366

Nonprofit Classification: 501(c)(3)

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