How Blessing Bags have taken off at Fisher Elementary

How Blessing Bags have taken off at Fisher Elementary
Posted on 12/06/2016
The Fisher Elementary School community knows how to bless the less fortunate. They proved it last year and have started prepping to up the effort this year.

Last year marked the first foray into Fisher’s Blessing Bags, small kits of hygiene and food items handed out to homeless in Whatcom County. The Blessing Bags will return this year.

The effort started with a PTA fundraiser, where the Fisher PTA partnered with Lynden-based Your City Sports to sell stocking caps. As part of the company’s makeup, for every sock or stocking cap sold, Your City Sports donates a pair of quality socks to help homeless within the community. The fundraiser netted the Fisher PTA 150 pairs of socks, but instead of just handing out the socks, they decided to add to them, forming Blessing Bags with socks, toothpaste, a toothbrush, food items, chap stick, lotion and more.

“It was a huge success,” says Nicolle Moore, PTA representative. “We had close to 70 families help assemble the bags and we decided to try to make this a yearly tradition.”

With a similar fundraiser this year netting the PTA 218 pairs of socks from Your City Sports, Moore says they hope to match that with 218 Blessing Bags, all donated to the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham.

The PTA tries to get the entire student body involved in the effort, divvying up the needed extra items by grade, such as asking kindergarten students to donate toothbrushes and toothpaste, first graders hand wipes, second graders lotion, third grader chap stick and so on. The PTA purchases food items, such as granola bars, applesauce and fruit snacks and funds the effort to fill any gaps if there weren’t enough donated items.

This year’s project to fill the bags happens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Fisher. Set up as an assembly line, students and families grab a bag and work down the line to fill it up. The Woods Coffee donates hot chocolate and the PTA plans to show a short, classic holiday film.

“Last year we honestly thought there would be six of us, so we were just blown away that so many people came out,” Moore says. “If we can get that again, that would just be awesome.”

The PTA will continue collecting donated items at Fisher until Dec. 9. Anyone in the community is welcome to donate items simply by dropping them off at the school. “If we can put together more bags than the 218, that’s awesome,” Moore says. “We will fill until we can’t fill anymore.” The entire community is also welcome to help with the Dec. 13 filling of the bags, whether a Fisher family or not.

Just because the Fisher community knows how to bless others doesn’t mean they want to keep that joy all to themselves.