Christmas is a time of joy and happiness, it is a time to spend with love ones and to give and be joyful. But for some this is simply not an option.
Homeless people are some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded people in our society. More than 8,000 people slept rough on London's streets during 2016/17 (the number has more than doubled in the last six years, and increased by 170% in the last ten years). For people who are homeless Christmas is another day spent with uncertainty. The uncertainty of finding somewhere to stay, whether they will eat and how they will stay warm. So for them they don't have a Christmas.
So this year should be the year to give back this Christmas and help someone less fortunate that you. This is something we are eager to do and to encourage, even just helping one person or helping several, however you contribute this year will help some be a little better off this Christmas.
Some charities to support could be:
- Centerpoint: Safe at Christmas Appeal
- Action Aid: No Girl Afraid
- Crisis Charity
- Salvation Army
(and many many more!)
You can help out by:
- Volunteering at your local soup kitchen
- Raiding your local charity shop for coats, jumpers, hats, scarves, gloves etc and handing them out
- Donate to charities if you don't have any spare time
- Donate to local 'Giving Trees' where you pick a star with a child's name and age and buy a present for them
- Buy homeless people food oppose to giving them money
- Visit local retirement homes and keep the residents company
- Be KIND!!!
There are so many more ways you can help and whatever you do will be a good Christmas deed. So please help someone this Christmas!