I was just about to post a different blog post when a video update came out. A rapid change of plan, because this is worth it. The video is at the end of this post.
Let me explain.
Homeless for Christmas
A friend over on Facebook shared this event. A guy, whom I don’t know and have never heard of decided that he will sleep rough on the streets of London to raise awareness about homelessness.
I have no idea why it touched me as much as it did.
I mean, I do already buy the Big Issue when I see a seller. I have given a few quid and bought a burger and coffee for people begging. I think since I came so close to losing my home it sticks in my head. It could have been me – an unexpected change in circumstances can have devastating effects.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no angel. I’ve probably walked past just as many, if not more homeless people and not given them a second thought. I also know that my family wouldn’t see me on the streets. I’d have somewhere to go, a roof over my head and food on the table. No matter how much trouble I find myself in, I have a safety net.
That last line also brings home another truth – I know people who don’t have that support.
And that’s what it boils down to – support.
We can’t give to every homeless person, but we can remember they are human and not ignore what is going on right now in our country. We can support those charities who offer people a lifeline, a chance to get straight and start again.
Don’t judge a book by its cover. It could have been me and I am not some faceless, drug addled, alcoholic, which is how many people see the homeless. In the majority of cases, it’s just not true.
So, over to James Beavis, who is crazy enough to voluntarily go homeless over Christmas. You can help raise awareness by sharing his videos, his Facebook event and tweeting with the hash tag #homelessforchristmas
Here’s the links again. Please do share them!
Facebook event for updates on James’ progress https://www.facebook.com/events/303373483111990/
James’ YouTube channel for video – https://www.youtube.com/user/jamesbeavis1990
Donate at – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=jamesbeavis