Christmas is an incredibly difficult time for homeless people. It isn’t just that the weather’s cold (in the northern hemisphere, at least), which can bring a whole host of potential health issues. It’s lonely, too. The festive season is a time for family and community – things those living on the streets often don’t have. Christmas can instead become a period of severe physical and mental difficulty.
While it’s always a good idea to help the homeless, at Christmas it’s definitely worth considering going that extra mile. So what are the best ways to help people who need it in your city? Obviously, there are organisations and helplines that are unique to different places, but there are always a few common ways to pitch in.
And no, we’re not talking politics. While voting for certain local councillors or political parties who are sympathetic to solving the homelessness crisis is, in the long run, likely to be much more helpful and effective, this is what you can do right now. Pronto. This very minute.
Below are eight ways you can help the homeless this Christmas, from donating to food banks to supporting businesses that help get people off the street. And if where you live isn’t included, don’t worry. Like-minded initiatives are everywhere: these kinds of projects are available in most cities. Here are just a few examples of the global resources available.
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