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Alternative Christmas gift idea no.2

November 17, 2009

I find the notion that 21st Century Britain has tens of thousands of homeless people appalling. It’s appalling 365 days a year, but there is something about Christmas which magnifies the tragedy.

Homelessness isn’t just about sleeping on the streets. There are the homeless people living in hostels, squats, bed and breakfasts and sleeping on friends’ floors. Often they live miserable and isolated lives and suffer from debilitating mental and physical health problems. Crisis wants to offer these people companionship, care, hot food and warm clothing this Christmas – you can help them do that. You can donate by calling 08000 199 099 or give online.

Perhaps you’ve already bought your Christmas cards for this year, but if not here is a thought – give the £20 you would have spent on cards to Crisis  instead. That money would pay for health treatment for up to two homeless people. £30 will pay for 60 Christmas dinners. Last year 2000 settled down for Christmas dinner at Crisis Christmas – many of them had had their lives shattered by domestic violence, divorce, redundancy or ill health – something that could happen to any of us.

You don’t have to believe in a virgin birth in Bethlehem to believe that Christmas is a time for thinking of others and showing our better, more compassionate sides. I’m off to make my donation right now – I hope you’ll follow me too.

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