It's often the little things that count. In this case, it's little things that carry lots of hope.
The Union Gospel Mission has long used police officers as outreach to those on the streets who could use their help, but this is the first time they're filling Bags of Hope full of everyday essentials like gloves, socks and nail clippers.
While people might toss a piece of paper, they're more likely to hang onto the bag and water bottle that has the mission's address and phone number printed on it.
Officers with Metro Transit and St. Paul Police will carry the bags in their squads since they have most contact with the homeless.
While packing the bags, kids who are helped by Union Gospel Mission programs will hopefully learn a lesson about giving back. They finished their first 100 in only 20 minutes.