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Christmas on the streets is a sad and difficult time. For those experiencing homeless, there is no countdown to Santa, no wrapping of gifts, and no plans with family. Every single day looks the same. There are no holidays or celebrations when you are homeless. They are all just struggling to survive and keep afloat from the grim and hopeless reality they face. It shouldn’t be like this for them. The holidays are usually a time of cheer and joyfulness, but not for them…
Homeless… Hopeless this Christmas
This is written from a very different perspective. The words are that of Gavin Harvey, an 8th-grade student at Eagle Ridge Middle School in Davie Florida. Since Christmas and most other holidays are centered around children, we thought it would be cool to see what homelessness looks like, through the eyes of one…
“During the holidays, most people are with their families celebrating the new year, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Christmas. This time of year is proudly considered happiest and joyful for everyone because it ends the year on a good note. Due to the pandemic, this year has been difficult for everyone, restricting interaction between everyone that is not close family. However, the homeless have had an especially tough time during these cold holidays. Staying safe is a priority for them and everyone else in the pandemic, which results in people coming out in public less often. This results in less interaction with the homeless, practically ending hopes of donations and acts of kindness. With help from the community, we can change this.
Even small donations make a difference. Donations, such as toiletries, make someone’s day, letting them know that people care about them. Most people think that donations must be money. Although money is a useful asset to the homeless, food, toiletries, and other items are more wisely used and more helpful. Another good donation would be coats, jackets, blankets, socks, pants, etc. Any clothes-related donations are very appreciated.”
Spreading a little Christmas Cheer
While some people choose to directly donate to a homeless person on the streets, another way to donate would be through charities. During the pandemic, since some people don’t like being out in public, citizens have been donating cash, and some are dropping off items to these organizations. Through these charity organizations, one can drop off items at the locations, then the people in charge of the organization will go on the streets and either directly give these donations to the homeless, or open at a location where the homeless have direct access to. Some good organizations are food banks, where good citizens donate food to a warehouse, and then the warehouse ships the canned goods and food items to homeless shelters.
One great organization would be Showering Love. The people in charge of this wonderful operation use a bus that has showers inside of it. The bus, called “Grace, “then drives to different locations to find hopeless and struggling people on the streets. They offer showers to those experiencing homelessness to ensure a healthy and prosperous life to those who need it most. During the holidays, the homeless count on people in our community to show acts of kindness… don’t let them down. “
“So this is Christmas”
“And what have you done, Another year over….” as John Lennon sang in his 1971 Christmas hit. OMG! That was 50 years ago. Half a century ago. Many moons ago.
Even through the eyes of a 13-year-old, filled with innocence and optimism, the reality for those facing homelessness is dark. And, their need is immense. These are very tough times for all of us, especially for this vulnerable population. Please find it in your heart to be the light in their world of darkness, and kindly make a donation to Showering Love this Christmas. We need your help and generosity more than ever.
Wishing everyone a Merry Everything & may 2021 be a ‘New Year’ of much peace, love, happiness, and health for all of us! Our families! And, those experiencing homelessness.!
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your generosity to Showering Love in 2020! We know it has been an unprecedented year full of many challenges and new “norms.” Your kindness has genuinely enabled us to do so much, and help make a difference during such difficult times. Let’s all continue to make a positive change in 2021 and always.