40 Bags 40 Days

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As you start your spring cleaning, remember that the Ladies Auxiliary are going to be collecting items and taking them to Savers for a fundraiser. This was a very successful fund raiser for us last fall. This could be done in coordination with a Lenten Penance.

40 Bags in 40 Days: The idea to combine this fund raiser with Lent came from Simply Catholic. They wrote that Father Kyle Schnipple first suggested it as a Lenten Penance and since then, hundreds of groups and blogs have picked up the idea.

How the Challenge Works: The original concept is easy. Pick a size of bag, fill it up with stuff and get rid of it. What size bag should I pick? That depends on you – if you have a big house and/or a big family, and lots of stuff then go big. For smaller families with less stuff, then a small bag might be a challenge. If you don’t know what size to pick, perhaps a standard tall kitchen bag is the place to start. If you struggle to fill the bag you’ve chosen, one of two things is happening – you are using too big a bag or you should prayerfully consider letting more things go. There is something to be said for steady discipline of letting a bit go each day, but whatever works for you is fine. It usually takes about 30 minutes to fill a bag.

Can I gather bags ahead of Lent and count them? Sure. The goal is to let a little go each day, but if you know you are going to be missing a few days and really want to do all 40 bags… go ahead. There really isn’t a right or wrong way. Do bags of trash/junk/paper count? Yes. You have this stuff in your house and it is stealing your space, your time and your sanity. Of course it counts to let it go. We will be collecting your items on April 12th and 13th. 


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