Where were you in October 2006?
If you’d been with me you would’ve seen me get out of my car at a set of traffic lights, leaving my girlfriend in the driving seat and my phone, wallet, and all but the clothes I stood in, behind.
My mental health issues had reached a peak and in my desperation I tried to walk away from life.
I had no idea where I was going or what I was doing. I felt trapped by a cloud of darkness. I wanted out…
Why am I sharing this with you?
Because, just one different decision that day could’ve taken me on a very different path.
I eventually walked into a hospital asking for help. My other choice had been to find a bench and a bottle.
I wasn’t broke and losing my home; I was broken and losing my mind.
There are many circumstances that can result in homelessness.
I am eternally grateful for the support I received, but things could so easily have gone a different way. Whenever I see someone sleeping rough I am reminded of how close I came to having a complete breakdown and living on the streets.
Homeless people need help and support, not judgement.
Last Christmas I bagged up all my old clothes (including lots of clothes I’d kept from my fat boy days), some pairs of shoes I was no longer wearing and an old sleeping bag.
I took them to a local homeless charity and this got me thinking…
Lots of the people who read my website are on a weight loss journey and so will have clothes that are too big and they no longer wear. How could I collect these surplus clothes and get them to homeless shelters and refuges?
Realistically I can’t handle the logistics, so instead I’m asking you if you are able to donate something to your local shelter this Christmas?
Crack and Cider
If you no longer have any clothes to donate, then there are other ways to help. For example, Crack and Cider is a pop-up shop, situated in One Good Deed Today, 73 Kingsland Road, London (until Christmas Day), where you can buy useful items for London’s rough sleepers.
The initiative was started by 2 London girls, Scarlett and Charley, after hearing a homeless man say “People don’t give me money because they just think I’ll spend it on crack and cider.”
Crack and Cider also has an online store at: crackandcider.com
Doing something as simple as donating an old coat, could save someones life.
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