The concept is simple. A box to take or give what you can. A local resident came up with her own blessing in a box.
Hagerstown resident Holly Harryman Ritchey’s Blessing Box sits on her front lawn on 15 Snyder Ave. People can clearly see into the box of knitted scarves, cat food, pasta and more free things for the community.
Ritchey said the box is restocked every hour. The most needed items are toilet paper, baby wipes and blankets. The most taken item is wet cat food.
“When I first started this people were like oh I’d give it a day. I’d give it two hours before someone comes and smashes it and it’ll be empty. I’m like that’s a really negative attitude to have because you know if someone smashes it I’ll put more stuff in. I feel if someone cleans me out completely it’s not stealing. This is here for the community. It’s free,” said Ritchey.
The box is completely funded through donations. If you would like to help, you can drop off items on the front porch, where there is an overflow bin, at 15 Snyder Ave.