December is a month full of celebrations. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, or you just enjoy winter, it’s hard to deny it’s a happy time of year. We look forward to spending time with our friends and family without the guilt of not doing any school work, because the schoolwork doesn’t exist! I think the majority of us are blessed to be able to do that!
It is a cold season: some enjoy it (weirdos) and some just want to escape it. Fortunately, for the majority of us, we can escape it if we want to. We can wrap ourselves up in a blanket, crank up the heat, sit by a fire place, and enjoy a warm drink. But, if you’ve ever walked the streets of downtown London, you know that this isn’t the case for everyone. This season is dreadful for the many people in this city who are experiencing homelessness. They have nowhere to go – no place to run to when the cold gets too uncomfortable. They simply have to endure it, all alone. It is a difficult time for them.
So I thought that this season, which is so joyful for most of us, would be a great time to give back to our community in London. We have a lot that many can only dream of having, so here are some ways to bless others in this time:
- Volunteer at the London Food Bank – this is a great organization, which serves to deliver food to those who need it most! There are many ways to get involved, from packaging and sorting items at their warehouse, to going out in the fields and participating in their ‘harvest mob’ initiatives!
- Go on your own Sandwich Run! You don’t need an organization to be able to give back to your community! Grab a group of your close friends, pitch in some money, and go buy bread and some ingredients to put between the slices! It’s a great bonding time with your friends and at the end you can experience first-hand the smiles (most of the time) of those that get to receive those sandwiches!
- Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter! There are plenty of shelters in London; one I really like is the Unity Project. The Unity Project aims to provide resources to those experiencing homelessness in hopes of providing a safe and stable place for those desperately seeking shelter. This organization specifically encourages everyone to participate and use the skills they have – or new ones they learn along the way – to be a part of such a great movement!
This list is non-exhaustive, but I hope you find this encouraging! I find that when I go out to volunteer, I come back more blessed. Consider an hour or two of your week of celebrations to make someone’s day a little bit more hopeful! I can guarantee it will make your day too!