Blessing Box

As our country and our culture can feel so divided, little magic boxes are showing up all over that inspire neighborliness, generosity, and a sense of belonging wherever they appear.

They are Blessing Boxes — outdoor public cupboards stocked with donated food, toiletries, books, toys, and other essential household items for anyone in need.

They operate on the honor system of “Take what you need. Leave what you can.” And they seem to proliferate wherever they appear.

In Big Spring, Texas, an insurance salesman set up his Blessing Box at work and fills it with food, diapers, and toiletries.

In Grand Island, Nebraska, a woman set up hers to meet the special needs of cancer patients.

In Watertown, New York, an Army vet put one filled with food on his lawn, which inspired over 20 more blessing boxes in his town.

And in Pueblo Colorado, students at the county high school created and keep stocked, their community Blessing Box.

It’s unclear where this generous idea began, but it is clear, that it is greatly needed and appreciated.

It’s simple gestures like this that remind us of the kindness that is in us all – sometimes, it just takes a blessing box to put it in.