When you see a person who is homeless holding a sign on a street corner, are you unsure how to respond? This project can provide an answer. Fill resealable plastic bags with basic essentials and keep them in your car for an adult to hand out. Contents of these kits could include socks, gloves, water, granola bars, dried fruit, tissues, bandages, and sunscreen or lip balm. Handing them out may prompt questions from your children, and can provide opportunities to broaden their awareness of homelessness and hunger.

Talk to your child: Is it better to give people struggling with homelessness a care kit or money? Why? What else can you do to help those who are homeless?

Book to share: Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting. Ages 4 and up. A simple story of a boy and his father who live in an airport terminal as they struggle to earn money to rent an apartment