Sometimes, there are little things that happen in life that totally restore your faith in humanity.
These are things that are generally quite small, and selfless, that impacts loads or even just a few people.
And, I’ve just seen a shining example of one community who are helping each other.
Pass the Parcel
A member of the Facebook community group, 50 Shades of Halifax, started the food pass the parcel bag to simply help others who may be in need.
It’s very simple.
A bag lands on your doorstep and you’ve got a choice.
You can either dump it, thinking it’s junk left as a prank, or you can take a peek inside.
Inside you’ll find lots of food and a piece of A4 paper.
Here’s what it says:
On the back
On the other side of the piece of paper, it goes into more details about the community pass the parcel.
Community food support
In simple terms, a member of a Facebook group has started their own supportive local “food bank”.
Not everyone wants to openly admit they’ve been having issues with money.
Not everyone has the first clue what to do if you run out of money and have no food.
Some people aren’t able to just pop out to the shop and pick something up, because of health or mobility issues.
Having a bag passed from home to home makes donating, swapping or taking an item easy. Especially when we live in such a busy time, with people working all random hours and having very busy lives.
The whole idea is that you don’t need to make a guess and pass the bag to some you think is in need. You can move it to anyone as people may also want to donate to it.
The great news is that the pass the parcel bag is working.
It was originally started as the owner of the food was going to donate it to a charity that feeds the homeless.
However, she decided to add a note and leave it on a doorstep.
Their hope was the bag continued on its journey, helped others and encouraged others to do the same.
She told me:
“Meal hunger has affected everyone at some time. I have just lost my Mum and shopping was the last thing on my mind. Food had to come to me for the first few days I couldn’t go shopping.”
But the idea for the pass the parcel food bank came from another experience she had.
“I was watching a lady donate to a beggar outside Asda and it prompted me to send the food bag travelling.
“I saw the lady hand over a quilt and she asked what food he wanted. He told her he had food but thanked her for the quilt. It was good of him to be honest but it reminded me lots of people living in houses need that offer of food as well.
“Hunger is real and a real social problem so I wanted to try and reach those that might be in need of that same kindness from a stranger.
“If that guy could say no thanks to the food others might also if they weren’t hungry and pass the bag along.”
And it is working.
Just a few days after the original bag was left with a neighbour, the food bag popped up again and was moved along to another doorstep.
The pass the parcel food bank was working!
But, while the idea is great, this is just one bag.
One bag will still help lots of people, but just imagine if there was a bag (or even 10 bags) in every town?
The posts from the Facebook group has been shared multiple times across the country, including into the Skint Dad Community Group, so there is hope others will catch the bug and create their own pass the parcel within their communities.
Does this tempt you to start your own pass the parcel food bag or do you already have one in your area?
Naomi knows the burden of living on very little and became debt free by learning from past mistakes and following her own money saving tips and tricks. She is studying a Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems and is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion.