Blessing Boxes are a wonderful way to help others! The idea is to take what you need, give when you can. They're filled with non-perishable foods & basic necessities that people might need but don't have the money to buy. It's a great way for churches, non-profits, businesses, groups, families, kids & individuals to help the less fortunate in our communities. And, it'll fill your heart with happiness knowing you're making a difference! If you'd like to help us fill Blessing Boxes, know of any in the Metro East or would like to donate one, please contact us.
Metro East Blessing Boxes
First Congregational Church
105 N. Franklin St.
Caseyville Police Dept.
10 W. Morris St.
Discovery Family Church
699 S. Bluff Rd.
Webster Elementary School
108 W. Church St.
Learn how this Blessing Box was created!
Amazing Grace at Logan Place
7 Logan Place
Cottonwood Family Church
180 Cottonwood Rd.
Holy Family Catholic Church
2606 Washington Ave - in the back
Niedringhaus United Methodist Church
1311 20th St. - on Delmar side, across from library
Maryville Outreach's Blessing Box
2500 N. Center St - Southwest corner of the Maryville PD.
Little Free Pantry
7580 Renken Road
1 mile past Prairietown Bar
North side of road
Bethel Baptist Church's Blessing Box
Parking lot of Lochmuller Group
1928 SrA Bradley R. Smith Drive
Little Free Pantry
Next to the Worden Post Office
East Wall St.
Blessing Box Contents
A few ideas of what you can donate to Blessing Boxes:
Pre-packaged snacks: Crackers, chips & pretzels, nuts, beef jerky & string cheese. Graham crackers, granola bars, cookies, snack cakes, pop-tarts, raisins, mints & gum, pudding & jello cups, breakfast & snack bars.
Canned goods: Tuna fish & chicken, spam, stew, chili & soup, pork & beans, ravioli & spaghetti-0's. Fruits & vegetables.
Misc. Food: Cereal & oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly & jam, rice & beans, rice mixes, pasta & sauce, mac & cheese, ramen noodles, pancake mix & syrup, boxed meals, baby food.
Drinks: Water, tea & coffee, nutritional drinks, juices, powdered milk, instant breakfast drinks, kool-aid, non-fat dry milk, infant formula.
Condiments & Staples: Ketchup & mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing & hot sauce. Salt & pepper, creamer, sugar & flour, vegetable oil & non-stick spray.
Toiletries: Toilet paper & paper towels, pads & tampons, diapers & wet wipes, adult diapers, deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrushes, shampoo & conditioner, soap & body wash.
Basic essentials: Paper towels & paper plates, dish soap, laundry detergent & fabric softener, trash bags, bug spray, anti-itch cream, sunburn cream, band-aids. Dog & cat food, treats, leashes & collars.
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Learn more about Blessing Boxes
How to Start a Blessing Box
Blessing Box Designs
Blessing Boxes Benefit Communities
Church Blessing Box a Novel Way to Help the Needy
Blessing Box: Take What You Need, Leave What You Can
Other Take What You Need, Give What You Can Resources:
Sharing House Ministry
Remedy Church - 3129 Princeton Avenue - State Park.
You can find clothes, shoes, small household items, baby items & kids toys, and get food from a Blessing Box or give some. Their motto is Take When You Need, Give Only When You Can. Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Donations are accepted during that time, also.
The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Governor's Parkway near Goshen Elementary - Edwardsville
We can't love this enough! There's a Charlie Brown Christmas tree where people can leave wrapped Christmas gifts for those who might need it during the Holidays. If you know of any holiday trees or sites like this to leave presents, please contact us!
Mysterious Edwardsville Christmas Tree Bringing Joy
The Goal of this Charlie Brown Tree? A Gift for Every Child
A fun concept of take a book, return a book. Find these libraries in your area and learn how you can create your own on our resource page here.
This is the style of Blessing Box that we would love to have donated - two doors with shelves, made out of hard plastic or waterproof, that we can place around the Metro East to help others.