Volunteer – Create Care Kits


Keep them in your car so they are ready to go when you see someone who could use one.

Let's turn our empathy into action by serving those that are unhoused in the Santa Barbara community. 

You can do this with your family or create a Care Kit Party with friends.
Decide on how many bags you want to create and adjust your supplies accordingly.

If you are doing this with others, ask everyone to either choose something to bring or ask everyone to contribute $10-$40 and then purchase all of the supplies. Many things like socks can be purchased in bulk at Costco or on Amazon.

Once you have all of your supplies, create an assembly line to fill the bags.

Make a handwritten card for each bag with a simple message…

  • You are loved.
  • We hope this brings you some comfort.
  • Sending love to you.
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Sending love, kindness, and strength to you.
  • You are needed. You cannot be replaced.

You are ready. Keep them in your car so that when you see the need, you are prepared. When you hand them to the individual, make eye contact and smile. And realize not everyone will be appreciative and some may be suspicious but many will be grateful.


  • Handwritten Card
  • Large Ziploc Bag
  • Toiletries
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste (ask your dentist to donate to the project)
  • Travel toiletries (soap, lotion, shampoo, deodorant)
  • Socks
  • Beanie hat
  • Wet/Bath Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm
  • Band aids
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Comb
  • SBACT “shelter cards”

Food (nothing perishable - no peanuts) (Trader Joes Gift card, Costco, donation??)

  • Bottle of Water
  • Juice box
  • Granola Bars
  • Squeezable Applesauce
  • Tuna packets
  • Mints or gum
  • Mini pack… crackers, pretzels, chips, popcorn, fruit snacks, Dried fruit (no nuts)
  • Activity… journal, pipe cleaners, pens