If you’re anything like me, you’d have experienced the pre-Black Friday nerves. You know it… late Thursday evening, checking your internet connection and re-checking the retail sales prices- promised from 6am the Friday morning. Come Friday afternoon, I walked home feeling very pleased with myself and happily crossed off a few presents from the list. Christmas is a time for giving after all, right?
I’m sure we’re all looking forward to Christmas. It’s effectively probably started now: Christmas shopping, European markets, festive movies (Home Alone, late November- always!) and over indulging in food etc. We’re very privileged aren’t we? I forget that sometimes. After my Black Friday splurge I found myself thinking about the people who don’t rush out to the shops to grab the latest bargain. The people I walk past every day and feel guilty about that I’m not helping enough. The Homeless.
Like most other people, there are two things that I am seemingly forever short on: money and time! In my life, I’ve also already reached the inevitable conclusion that I’m not going to change the world. But this Christmas, I am going to remember that there is another side to this time of year. There is a reality beyond a warm house, good food and great company. I am not going to solve this reality, but maybe I can give a little bit more back this Christmas. Perhaps you’ve found yourself thinking like me too? So I thought I’d share a couple of ways that Newcastle helps the homeless and how to get involved- no matter how short on time or money you may be.
Oh, and what am I doing? Well, I’ve started by reserving one Christmas place for a homeless person via Crisis’s website. I’m also going to rifle through my wardrobe and seek out the jumpers that I’m really not wearing anymore. Because that’s it… little things, whatever you can offer, make the difference.
Crisis at Christmas
This year Crisis at Christmas in Newcastle will welcome over 300 guests who are homeless, lonely or otherwise isolated. If you can spare the time, why not spend Christmas making others feel significant?
What could you do:
- Donate items and or money
- Volunteer Christmas Day and Boxing Day
- Throw a ‘Crisis Christmas Party’ to raise money