How to Help Those Facing Homelessness This Holiday Season

As we get closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’re reminded of all we have to be thankful for. While many of us are spending time with family and friends, some are spending the holidays on the streets. People facing homelessness often do not have family and friends to spend the holidays with or a house to gather at for a home-cooked meal. To them, the holiday season is merely another day of hardships.

How can you bring holiday spirit to people facing homelessness this holiday season?

If you come across someone on the streets this holiday season, there are a few things you can do to help:

  1. Say hello. The power of friendship is undeniable. Spend some time this Thanksgiving connecting with those facing homelessness. The simple act of striking up a conversation and making others feel cared for is the greatest gift of all. Every person has a unique story to be told. You won’t regret letting these individuals touch your hearts.
  2. Keep blankets, hats, and gloves in your car. This time of year usually means the weather is cooling down, and for those experiencing homelessness, that means nights out on the street in the cold. Keep some warm items in your car and when you see someone in need, hand them out. They’ll be more appreciated than you know.
  3. Create care packages. Care packages are great to keep in your car, and not just during the holiday season. Grab some ziplock freezer bags and fill them with things like a toothbrush, deodorant, socks, bottled water, and other easy toiletry items. When you see someone on the streets this holiday season, grab a care package and hand it to them. You might even want to consider placing a holiday card inside letting them know they are seen.
  4. Give them a place to go. Keep some of our referral cards on hand in your wallet and pass them out as you come across someone in need. This tells someone where they can go to find a place to stay, a warm meal, a shower, and a place to transform their life. Download referral cards here.

“There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

It’s true. Small gestures like these go a long way for those that are usually ignored on the streets.

Take a couple of minutes to think about what you’re thankful for. The clothes on your back, your family and friends, food, and shelter. By helping those facing homelessness this holiday season, you could be on their list of what they’re thankful for.

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