The Church Basket

 

We needed to restock a basket or box that stays in our van and equips us for when we are on the road.  We aren't on the road very often, so we call ours the Church Basket because it supplies anything we might need for church.


I emailed all the women in our church (plus a few others) and asked them what they would want to have at the ready.  The responses and lists were great:

 

-safety pin


-small fingernail clippers


-chapstick


-piece of yarn to tie bra straps together in the back


-lozenges


-paper towels


-baby wipes


-bib


-Hydrocortisone and Neosporin


-Band-Aids


-3-d puzzles


-book on tape or classical kids music


-extra change of clothes and underwear/socks for those who need it


-extra sweater or throw blanket


-protein snacks if breakfast is too light/ 6oz water bottles (they are really cute and easy to hold for little hands)


-Advil or Tylenol in chewable and swallowable varieties


-sermon notebooks


-snack bars


-pens


-crayons


-paper


-CD's


-notecards (good to write a name on after the service if someone needed some encouragement--then you finish it later, but it saves having to "think" later in the week--also handy if you forgot someone and realize on the way to church "yikes!" I  forgot a birthday or a word of thanks)


-plastic cups with lids and straws


-quick microwaveable mac -n -cheese packets for impromptu drop in visits at friends' houses while in town


-disposable camera


-stick-on-table placemats
-plastic grocery bags

-tiny first aid kit with breakable ice

 -baggies of different sizes for wet clothes & distributing snacks 

-gum or mints

-hand sanitizer

-sunscreen (in season)

-ointments (soothes sand burns on beach trips)

-portable foldable potty seat cover

-plastic silverware

-2 picnic blankets (I love having a Neat Sheet in the van)

-potty seat and toilet paper

-a mini football

-2 Frisbees

-little wisk/hand brooms- the kind with straw like bristles.  Our van is crummy!   Even hit the bottom of the kids shoes to keep some of the sand and mud from grinding in.