Local ladies have begun an effort called Operation Blessing Bags to assist the homeless during the holidays.
Vivian Myers, Dawn Lamb, and their friends are taking donations until Dec. 16, called blessing bags which they will distribute to a homeless shelter in St. Louis.
Myers said she volunteers at the shelter by giving free haircuts to its residents. The idea for the blessing bags came out of her volunteer efforts. Residents at Stockhoff Nursing Home also enjoy free haircuts as the result of Vivian’s charity work.
Myers said she met a pastor while attending a city church who volunteers extensively with the homeless. She said the pastor alerted her about the growing needs of this population.
The women began their project in the beginning of December and plan to continue until Dec. 16, in order to give time for delivery before Christmas.
Gifts of nonperishable food items, toiletries, and clothing such as chap sticks, toothbrushes, baby wipes, hand warmers, socks, sock caps, gloves, and used purses can be dropped off at Johnny T’s and Nevaeh Christian Book Store, during their regular business hours.
Myers said pick up for donations can be arranged and the project still needs volunteers. For more information please contact Dawn Lamb at 573-783-9272 or Vivian Myers at 573-561-3466.