Homeless Brum

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How to help the homeless this Christmas

The rough sleepers in the city are about to face a very hard time this Christmas with Birmingham still remaining in tier 3 local lockdown and the met department predicting sub-zero temperatures in the coming weeks.

The many charities in the city are helping out the rough sleepers during this season. Here are three ways you can help contribute to their good causes.

Gift a toy this Christmas to a homeless child

The charity Birmingham City Mission distributes gifts to thousands of children in the city who would otherwise not receive presents. All the toys are checked and sorted into age categories for boys and girls.  

Speaking to Homeless Brum, a representative of BCM said while they had plenty of food and clothing to help the people in need this Christmas, they are currently lacking the necessary toys to provide for families.

Toys can be purchased and sent directly to the charity via the amazon wishlist. Alternatively, more volunteers are also needed to assist staff and the wrapping process. More information on how to volunteer could be obtained from the Birmingham City Mission site.

Create and gift a virtual Christmas essentials bag for a rough sleeper

Toureeq, a 30-year-old man who happens to be homeless at this time told Birmingham Eastside that being in the streets during the winter can be very tough.

“People always turn a blind eye towards us in the streets and that is the worst feeling one can get. Someone could be homeless because of many reasons and people need to understand that and treat them with dignity,” he said.

The charity Love Brum is continuing its annual event of providing winter essentials for the rough sleepers in the city. However, this event is now held online where anyone can purchase a ‘bag for a Brummie’.

Love Brum had partnered up with the Hope Revolution, a community interest company for this task.

This non-profit company specialises in being the middleman between the charities and the public by listing the exact quantities of the goods that are needed so the public can purchase them through their website.

Give some extra clothing and toiletries

Birmingham recorded around 52 rough sleepers in 2019 according to Birmingham City Council, although the charities say there are more in the city.

When the national lockdown ends, SIFA Fireside is requesting supporters to donate men’s warm winter clothes like hoodies, fleeces, jogging bottoms, walking boots and thick waterproof coats. The charity is also in need of plastic cutlery along with men’s boxers of sizes small and medium.

More information about how to donate could be obtained from the site. Alternatively, the amazon wishlist of the charity could also be found here.

The charity Lets Feed Brum is also in need of basic toiletries to provide to the homeless while handing out hot meals every day.

“Although we cannot operate our soup kitchens due to the local restrictions we feed around 100 homeless people every night and in two mornings. Though we have enough volunteers we are short of the basic toiletries including handwashes, tissues and deodorants,” said Alan Strang, a trustee of Lets Feed Brum.

The respective toileteries and more information on how to donate could be found here.

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