’tis the season to GIVE!
Our team member, Chloe, will be raising money to buy winter essentials and food for the homeless at Christmas. Chloe volunteered at Crisis at Christmas last year and will be returning again this year – Crisis opens its doors to thousands of homeless people, offering warmth, shelter, food and companionship, as well as access to vital services. Chloe explains why she will be volunteering again this year, and why she is setting up her own campaign to buy winter essentials and food for homeless this Christmas.
8,000 people sleep rough on the streets of London every year
Christmas can be a lonely, isolating time for homeless people. People become homeless for all sorts of reasons, not always under their control. Christmas should be a time for family and friends, for warmth and celebration, yet for homeless people it can be one of the hardest periods of the year – a cold, lonely experience to be endured rather than enjoyed. This is the sad truth for 8,000 people who sleep rough on the streets of London alone, every year.
For many of the homeless, Christmas Day is just another day without food or shelter, but thanks to thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters, homeless people can now celebrate Christmas at Crisis.
Give something back to people less fortunate this Christmas
Last Christmas I decided that I was going to give something back and volunteer in a homeless shelter. There’s an undeniable misconception around the homeless with a common assumption that the majority are drug addicts or alcoholics and that their problems are, therefore, self-inflicted. There is often not so much a reason but a series of unfortunate circumstances that result in homelessness. Christmas is a time for wonderment and goodwill, but it has been dominated by consumerism. I’ve decided to do something that feeds not only the soul, but others this Christmas.
Homeless at Christmas – how can we come together and make change?
I will be volunteering at Crisis again this Christmas, as well as raising money for homeless. I will be sleeping rough and supplying homeless people with winter essentials, food and a friendly conversation. This will include sleeping bags, roll mats, hats & gloves, scarves, jumpers, thermals, socks, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, wipes and nutritional food and drink. I will be buying as many of these essentials from charity shops, so the money will be going back into other charitable organisations.
I would be eternally grateful if you could help me on my quest to help homeless people at Christmas and make a donation to my GoFundMe page here – https://www.gofundme.com/2n6n55w.
Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.