Sunday, 22 August 2010

Feeding The Homeless

I have a heart for the homeless. For quite some while now I have been considering what I can do to help with the homeless situation within central London. So a month ago I decided that I would try to feed some of the homeless in central London. I do not work for any charity and I haven't been instructed to do so by my church or by any organisation. I am not doing it for any financial reward I just want to give something back to society. Yes, I do know that I could have simply voluntared for a charity or even donated money, however I wanted to do something more personal.

On the 17th July I made some sandwiches and bought a variety pack of crisps. My prior research sent me to Kings Coss and Euston road in London with the aim of feeding 10 homeless people. A few close friends accompanied me but we found no-one in Kings Cross or Euston Road. Maybe we were just looking in the wrong places. So we drove to the west end and from Oxford street to Tottenham Court road we fed 7 people. I didnt make my target but I didnt give up.

On the 26th July I made my second trip to feed the homeless. One close friend of mine accompanied me. This time the menu was a bit fuller and my confidence in finding more homeless people even greater. On the menu was:
  • Cheese and ham sandwiches
  • Crisps
  • Custard cream buscuits
  • Clementines
  • Orange juice
We drove straight to Oxford street. The first person we fed was a guy named Tommy. We met him the previous occasion also and he remembered my face which was really heart warming. I introduced myself to him and we spoke briefly before we drove to Regents street and then Embankment. In Embankment we Jerry he was so nice and friendly and as I gave him his food he immediatly walked futher down the cul der sac where he was living to share it with some other homeless guys because he didn't know if we were going to feed them also. We did feed them, also and they were also extremely grateful. I will never forget Jerry's kindness. My target again was 10 but we took extra resources just in case I had a feeling it would be a successful night, we fed 11 people altogether, YAY, thankyou God. :-)

I have made that journey twice more since then, feeding more people each time and getting to know the same homeless people more and more each time. Having longer conversations with them and learning more about them and their lives. Tonight (22nd August 2010) for the first time I went alone and for the first time I did not see Tommy or Jerry which worries me. It was raining so maybe they have found a shelter for the night, which is what I was told by an eastern European homeless guy by St. Pauls Cathedral. I will pray for them tonight and with God's grace I will meet them again soon.

1 comment:

  1. God bless you for having a generous heart. I believe that when you have a passion to do good, that passion is given to you by God and He will bless you as you are obedient.
    Thank you for stopping by my site with words of encouragement.