‘The concepts of Little Free Pantries and Blessing Boxes are finally starting to blossom across the country. That’s good news for those who like to lend a helping hand – and great news for those who need it.
Similar to “Free Libraries,” the concept is simple. A cabinet with a window is placed on a visible roadside or at the edge of someone’s yard. Usually there are words to invite those in need. Something like “Take what you need, leave what you can.”
“Whether you’re taking or giving, you can just go to the blessing box,” Roman Espinoza told CNN. “There’s not a lock on it — it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
The 46-year-old army vet was inspired to make his own while taking a human services class at a community college and marveled that the campus needed its food pantry for struggling students. Like others, he places toiletries and other necessary items in the box for the homeless.’