It’s the holiday season, which means many people are looking for a good way to give back to their communities.
Some popular ways to give back include donating canned goods to food pantries, buying toys for kids who wouldn’t otherwise get gifts, and participating in winter coat drives.
Unfortunately, many less-fortunate people still get overlooked. People facing homelessness are often forgotten about during the holiday season, even though this is a very tough time for them.
“On any given night in the United States, more than half a million people experience homelessness,” explains the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
And as we know, even when they’re struggling, homeless people still find it in their hearts to give back to others.
When I started thinking about how I could give back this holiday season, my mind immediately went to the homeless people in my community. Because I live in New York City, I see homelessness every single day.
According to the Coalition for the Homeless, “In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.”
The coalition explains, “In October 2018, there were 63,559 homeless people, including 15,572 homeless families with 23,136 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. Families make up three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.”
And although there are thousands of homeless people sleeping in shelters each night, there are thousands more sleeping on the streets, in parks, and in the subway system.
Often on my daily commute, people walk through the subway car asking for spare change, food, and prayers. I always want to offer them assistance, but I don’t always have cash or snacks on me.
I started doing some research into how I could help these people in a more effective way, and I came across the idea of creating homeless care kits. These easy-to-make kits are inexpensive to put together, and they’re a thoughtful way to show someone less fortunate that you care.
Read below to find out more about making your own simple homeless care kits.