Four years ago my friend and I were in the pub discussing what it would be like to be homeless at Christmas, it was obviously a heartbreaking conversation… so we decided we didn’t want to be all talk and to put our money where our mouth is.
We were just two young guys in a Glasgow bar, normal people with normal lives and knew we could not solve any problems, but we thought we could do something surely!
So… on Christmas Eve we started handing out Christmas gift bags to the homeless, all with our own money and anonymously. Just having a chat and not leaving any contact details.
Sometimes leaving a gift bag beside them to find when they awoke.
But one of our original ideas has really blossomed! Our idea was, “Write To Someone You Miss This Christmas.”
Not only does a card go into every gift bag. But with the support of the Royal Mail, our exclusive Christmas card and envelope with ‘a stamp attached’ is reaching hundreds and hundreds of homeless people in the UK.
The wonderful ‘Social Bite’ help distribute them across Scotland. And this year we hope to have them available in London too.
This whole journey has been humbling and heart warming. And we hope family and friends enjoy hearing from them. You should not cease to exist – just because you are homeless.
Now friends and family help and we have support from companies that very generously give items for our gift bags.
And we are happy to say we are now “Homeless at Christmas .org” We are not anonymous any longer as we want this project to grow. And perhaps we will even have people get in touch with stories of how our Christmas cards helped them get in touch with someone and stay in touch x
We are even giving away hot pizzas with the bags this year with help from Tony Macaroni.
And Baw Bags donated, underwear, hats and warm snoods.
2017 is our best year yet supporting the homeless. Thank you to everyone who helps Homeless At Christmas .org
Get in touch if you have sent a card, received a card or can help in any way.
Colin & Iain 😉
“Write To Someone You Miss This Christmas” Supported by The Royal Mail
Homeless at Christmas also receives kind donations from