WHAT IS A BLESSING BOX?
Blessing Boxes are outdoor cabinets in public places that are stocked with non-perishable food items, basic toiletries, baby supplies, and anything else that might be considered a blessing to someone who finds themselves in need. Items are anonymously donated and anonymously received.
A simple rule applies - Leave what you can, take what you need.
BUILD A BOX
Anyone can build a Blessing Box. There are no specifications as to size, shape or color. However, the box must be off the ground and weatherproof. Click below to see plans on how to build a box. Consider converting an old kitchen cabinet.
You Can Make a Difference
BECOME A HOST
MAKE A DONATION
The host of a Blessing Box is the person or group of people who provide the location and work to maintain the box and its contents. For more information about how to start a Blessing Box click on "Build a Box".
The easiest way to become a part of our organization is to donate an item to one of our boxes. Use our map to find a location and simply place your items in the box. Click below for a list of suggestions.
Turning Interest into Action
For months we had been searching for a charitable organization that would allow our young children to participate; we were turned away over and over so we decided to start our own charity. We want our children to know that every good deed counts and that we can all help in some way, big or small. We started Columbus Blessing Boxes Project in January of 2018. We purchased some used cabinets on Craigslist and with some willing friends and family, turned them into the first Blessing Boxes.
Make a Donation
Here are some giving guidelines
1. Please be mindful that the items may stay in the box for a period of time. Best not to leave things that will go bad in the heat or cold.
2. This is not a place for expired food. If you wouldn't use it yourself, don't leave it in the box.
3. Handwritten notes spreading our message of kindness to our neighbors are encouraged, and a great way to get kids involved too!
4. No clothing or books. While we think both would be appreciated, most of the boxes are not big enough to accommodate larger items. (Find a Little Free Library!)
5. Toiletries and baby care items are welcome, such as diapers, band-aids, soap, toothbrushes, etc.
6. School supplies and pet food are also welcome!
If you have a PayPal account please click here to reduce fees subject to your donation.
If you would like to donate products without having to leave the house please use our Amazon Wishlist!
What are some other ways I can help?
Donate to your local box, spread the word about our project, be a force of kindness in the world. Help us maintain our existing boxes by cleaning out bugs, dirt or trash if you see it. Share our Facebook page with your friends.
What should I donate?
In addition to non-perishable food you can donate toiletries and personal care items. Diapers and wipes always go quickly.
What if someone takes all the food from the box?
Then they must have needed it. This is a judgment-free project. You can't steal things that are free.
Who really benefits from the BB?
Seniors on fixed incomes, employed people with unexpected expenses, college students, the list goes on but the real answer is we don't know. The items are taken anonymously, so we could be helping one person or one hundred.
Can I build a Blessing Box for my neighborhood/church/business?
Absolutely! We will send you a decal and a metal disclaimer plate, add you to our list of locations and help you promote your Blessing Box. We will also send you a copy of the plans we use.
A few tips: Use treated wood if possible; place the box in a location where cars can safely pull off the road and access it; put the box in the shade if you can; and make sure you have permission from the landowner/landlord/HOA if applicable.
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"