The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast

14 | Bless It Bag CEO talks about her Addiction and Recovery - with Bella Baskin

Episode Summary

Bella Baskin is the 29-year-old founder & CEO of Bless it Bag. While working at WBTV as a photo consultant, she would drive by the same homeless people every day, and although she desperately wanted to help them, she feared if she gave them cash it would just be used for drugs or alcohol. As someone with a history of addiction (who is now 10 years sober) Bella did not want to contribute to the vicious cycle she personally knew could be so toxic. After going to Los Angeles’ Skid Row, talking to people who were experiencing homelessness, and asking them what would be useful alternatives to cash, she decided to create bags for men, women, and dogs, filled with essential items (including snacks, water, personal hygiene products and more) that could easily be kept in her car to pass out to those in need. She decided to call her charity Bless It Bag®, and created a website where people could purchase bags that they could keep in their car to give out to those in need. She also made an Instagram account to educate others about the problems affecting the homeless community and to let her followers know what they could do to help. We are so excited to have you hear Bella's story!

Episode Notes

Bella Baskin is the 29-year-old founder & CEO of Bless it Bag. While working at WBTV as a photo consultant, she would drive by the same homeless people every day, and although she desperately wanted to help them, she feared if she gave them cash it would just be used for drugs or alcohol. As someone with a history of addiction (who is now 10 years sober) Bella did not want to contribute to the vicious cycle she personally knew could be so toxic.

After going to Los Angeles’ Skid Row, talking to people who were experiencing homelessness, and asking them what would be useful alternatives to cash, she decided to create bags for men, women, and dogs, filled with essential items (including snacks, water, personal hygiene products and more) that could easily be kept in her car to pass out to those in need. She decided to call her charity Bless It Bag®, and created a website where people could purchase bags that they could keep in their car to give out to those in need. She also made an Instagram account to educate others about the problems affecting the homeless community and to let her followers know what they could do to help. We are so excited to have you hear Bella's story!

Connect with Bless It Bag:
Website: https://blessitbag.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blessitbag/
Email: blessitbag@gmail.com

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Show Notes:

2:45 - Bella talks about her company - Bless It Bag

4:16 - Her background and what got her started moving in the direction of starting a non-profit

7:20 - How becoming sober has influenced the opening of Bless It Bag

8:20 - Bella’s childhood and the addiction influences

15:00 - Addressing the “money” aspect of growing up in an affluent family, and the effects of that

18:51 - How social media plays a role in her life and in her company’s life

25:02 - Buying in bulk from Bless It Bag in order to give back more

25:40 - Bella’s battle with substance abuse

41:26 - Bella talks about her battle with an eating disorder

52:45 - Talking the culture of community and support that is so important in sobriety

1:00:18 - “Everything I’ve ever gained is due to everything I’ve ever lost”

1:13:46 - Bella’s positive experience with EMDR

The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast would like to thank our sponsor, Lionrock Recovery, for their support. Lionrock Recovery is an online substance abuse counseling program where you can get help for drinking or drug use from the privacy of your own home. For more information, visit http://www.lionrockrecovery.com.