Pondering About The Homeless Over The Holidays

United States
December 16, 2007 4:55pm CST
In our area, there are no homeless who live under bridges or in cardboard boxes on the streets. The homeless here usually live in their cars. I was just thinking of the homeless. They have nobody to give them hugs, food or gifts at Christmas. I was pondering this when I wondered if other people give gifts to the homeless. I would imagine that handwarmers like hunters use, would be a welcome gift to a homeless person. A blanket, even one that we consider worn out, would probably be welcomed by a homeless person. A warm coat would cost us so very little at the thrift store but would mean so much to someone who did not have a home. I dont know why but I have been thinking of the homeless a lot this week. Do you give gifts to the homeless?
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11 responses
@Melody1 (968)
• India
17 Dec 07
Winter cold and warm surroundings which most of us have at present.But only a compassionate and warm heart is able to think for those who are in need.Your suggestions are very good and we all should follow them to warm up the lives of our fellow brothers and sisters who are not fortunate enough to have even the besic necessities of life. This winter I haven't given anything to them so far,but have kept a bagfull of some old warm clothes in my car so that whenever possible I should be able to give it to them.
• United States
17 Dec 07
I am finding that many people on mylot are compassionate and care what happens to others but the government is not helping them. I cant understand why.
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@Melody1 (968)
• India
17 Dec 07
It fails my understanding too.
@SanDslnrs (269)
• United States
17 Dec 07
I see a lot of homeless people here where I live, that live under the bridges, or freeways. I was just thinking of making up a basket for a woman that lives close by to us, and including some food, and maybe a scarf, hat, and gloves for her. I wish there were more I could do, or that our government would do to help some of these people.
• United States
17 Dec 07
The sad thing is that the government is not helping them out. The government does not seem to care.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
17 Dec 07
Hi Anne I have to agree with you, the homeless are at the bottom of the hill so to speak and believe it or not most of us are but 3 months away from being in that exact situation. If I were to loose my income for 3 months I would loose my home and be out on the streets as well because I get so little on my pension that I can not save for a rainy day. and if you ask every one on here I bet a lot of them are in that same boat. and yes I do try to do my bit and unfortunately it is only a tiny bit.
• United States
17 Dec 07
If we were to loose our income, we would not have the money to pay our bills for over three months either. Times are getting hard. I am very concerned about the economy. At least tonight, I am warm
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
17 Dec 07
I give gifts but not sure they go to homeless. I donate things whenever I can and in the past have also crocheted mittens and donated them to the Salvation Army. Hopefully they go to someone that really needs them. I am from a small town and we really don't have any homeless here. If we do then we don't really know about them. I too think about them and wonder what could you do. It has to be one of the most lonesome times of the year for them!
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@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
17 Dec 07
I think about the homeless, poor and lonely people more during the holidays and cold weather too. We do ave homeless people here where I live. There are several shelters that take in the homeless for the night, they can also get hot meals. I love Christmas it can be such a happy time. But I also think of it as a sad time for so many people who don't have anyone. I do try to give more to my church and other charities. Everytime I see the Salvation Army kettle I try to put in at least a dollar. I am having it tough financially too, but I have so many blessings. I have food and shelter.
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• United States
17 Dec 07
This has been a bad year for us as well. But we still have so mnay blessings. I have a wonderful husband, two beautiful daughters, two son in laws and two beautiful Grandchildren. So I consider myself very fortunate. I have a roof over my head, food in my home and I am warm.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
17 Dec 07
We do not have homeless near us because here it is too cold to sleep outside even if it were in a car so most of them live in the missions or homeless shelters downtown. Our church believes in helping those in need all year round and that is where our offerings go and there is this man who goes door to door to get money for one of the Downtown missions. We also have a Bible Store where one gives money and gives a ticket or something to give to the homeless person that they can exchange for a cup of coffee and something to eat. Most of what I did was indirectly.
• Canada
24 Jan 08
I didn`t do anything like that this year, I don`t see any around and don`t get out enough so I didn`t ... But if I was out and about I donate to whatever society I see looking to help the homeless , even if its for a cup of coffee , or Salvation Army whatever it may be they are there for them and its alot easier ...
@cblackink (969)
• United States
4 Jan 08
What a sweet thing to think of! I live in a city and I sometimes see homeless people here and there. But they always just seem to want money. We have plenty of homeless shelters in this city, so they don't really have to live on the street.
• United States
30 Dec 07
We have a lot of charity fundraisers at my work that benefit the homeless. I always participate in them. This year, we also went to a local community food bank and packed boxes with a variety of food for the less fortunate. There was 15 of us, and we packed 15,000 lbs. of food, 400 boxes. It was a moving experience, and I'm glad we participated!
@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
22 Dec 07
I live in New York City so I pass by homeless people everyday. I have also been there. More a couch surfer, but still it is almost the same thing. The experience in my life has allowed me to realize how much an extra dollar can help. Now I am by no means on my feet, but when ever I have an extra dollar or two there are a few people I see on a regular basis when I travel around town and I know maybe the money does not go to what I would have spent it on, but for them it may be the one thing they need for that day. I often will just smile and say that "I've been there." and they often bless me. Even though it is not needed to be said, I already know I am. I only hope that they realize that they are too in an odd way and more will abound them when they get on their feet, for when you have been there, you never forget for those who are there now.
• Philippines
17 Dec 07
In my country, the homeless lives along the streets, with newspapers as blankets. Some live with their children in thewir carts where they put the garbage they got from the streets.The garbage are sold to junk shops where the street people got some money