Longtime friends, Rebecca Bodeen and Jennifer Anderson, 1992 graduates of Morse High, had
an idea to help homeless people in their area. Their intention was to have a very small operation and
have a few bags of necessities to give out if the opportunity arose, but their small idea turned into a
larger operation in a very short amount of time and the Midcoast Maine Bags of Blessings Project was
born. “The idea was to make some bags that we could keep on hand and give if the opportunity came about.
However, what Jennifer and I discovered as we started to share the idea was that a lot of people wanted to
give, and what began small turned into fifty bags in a very short time, with enough items to make more bags the
next month”, says Rebecca. The bags include simple necessities such as; combs, brushes, toothbrushes,
toothpaste, shampoo, conditioners, hats, hand warmers, mittens, feminine hygiene products, and lotion.
In addition to the adult bags, Rebecca and Jennifer have also been able to put together 30 teen bags
and deliver them to local area schools! What a kind thing to do for someone in need. The simple necessities
that come so easily to you and me are truly a blessing to those who so often go without. Items that are most
needed are feminine hygiene products, both pads and tampons. These things will be included in the teen bags
and would be greatly appreciated as the number of homeless teens continues to rise in Maine.
I asked Rebecca what her favorite part of this program was and she said, “I think what touches both
Jennifer and I is the giving spirit of our community. There are so many people willing to give and
contribute to this project. It is humbling to learn about the heart of our community.” People helping
people and loving thy neighbor are such large pieces of being a part of a community. Sometimes we need
a little help from our friends and the Bath community is so fortunate to be blessed with friends like Bags of
The topic of long term goals came up and we all know they can be ever changing as it depends on what the
future holds. With such a small program and what seems like an endless homelessness crisis, her response
was perfect and shows the heart and dedication she has for what she and Jennifer are doing; “I am not sure we
have a long term goal as of yet. I know I am amazed by what we have done so far. I also know that we are
willing to organize, do the work, and continue giving bags for as long as we are able and we both know we
cannot do it without support from others.” The success of this is completely in the hands of the community.
We lean on each other to help get through the next day and Rebecca has invited us to participate in the next
bag making day which is March 8th. Casco Bay Organics will be matching the donations of our customers, so if you would like to donate to this amazing project, we will be collecting:
full size shampoos and conditioners,
and full size lotions!
Your produce fairies will be more
than happy to collect those items and we will personally be packing them into Bags of Blessings on March 8th!
We would like to extend a HUGE, WARM, ORGANIC THANK YOU to Rebecca and Jennifer for their time,
humanity, and kindness to those who need a little help from time to time. You have amazing hearts and your
selflessness is a precious gift.