In the meantime, I did a lot of research on the "homeless" and found a lot of good information. The best information I found came from a person who was once homeless themselves.
I tried to put myself in her place and made a list of all the things that I thought I would need if I were to suddenly be cast on the streets. I got it all together and put it in a suitcase on wheels with a handle. Here are some of the things that I came up with so far and I am carrying the suitcase in my car until I find her.
3 XL tee shirts
2 pairs of socks
breath mints/sugar free gum
shampoo/conditioner (2 in 1)
antibacterial soap/hand sanitizer
Emery board, nail clippers, nail polish, hand lotion
calming body lotion
snacks-breakfast bars, crackers, bottled water, tea bags, instant coffee, soups, peppermints, packaged tuna, cookies.
feminine products, toilet paper
Roll of Quarters
Roll of dimes
My next plan is to put together 6 backpacks to keep in the car with as many toiletry items I can along with a bible - 3 for men and 3 for women - to hand out when I see the need. I think in place of snacks - $5 giftcards to a few fastfood places like McD's, Sonic, etc.
I know this is a VERY small gesture - and not anything that can "fix" anyone - but I don't want to be oblivious to the people who are in need right under my nose. The song Jesus In Disguise has not left my brain in 3 days now. . Such a powerful message.