As usual, I saw the same Homeless person near Toys R Us. And thankfully, I had some change in my pocket to give them. But I can't help but question, where is there support? All these charities. Why are people homeless on the streets? It is raining. No one, and I mean, no one, would be sitting on a cold wet floor begging for money, unless they were really desperate!
We get to Primark, and across the road there is a young man in his early 20's. I passed him, because I had already given money. But something made me go back and talk to him. I gave him a £1. And asked him ... "Where is your family?" He replied ...
"MY MUM IS IN JAIL. THE POLICE KEEP MOVING ME ON. PEOPLE KEEP WALKING PAST ME. I HAVE TO BEG EVERY DAY. SOMEONE PEED ON ME LAST NIGHT WHEN I WAS TRYING TO SLEEP. I HAVE NOWHERE TO GO. ALL THE HOSTELS ARE FULL. I NEED £20 TO GET INTO 20/20, SO I HAVE A BED FOR THE NIGHT!"
I had £20 in my pocket, which was given to me by family for Christmas. I gave him the £20. And wished in my heart I could do more for him. He had two front teeth missing. He was sitting in the rain, on the cold wet floor. I wanted to put a roof over his head. But I don't know him. I have a 13 year old daughter, so have to be careful. And like most people, we are in massive debt and have lots of problems to sort out.
My family were shocked when I gave him the money. But I said "I HAVE A ROOF OVER MY HEAD, FOOD IN MY BELLY. HE HAS NOTHING AND NO ONE. AS A MOTHER, HOW CAN I IGNORE HIM. HE NEEDS THE MONEY MORE THAN I DO?"
Next time you walk past a Homeless person, please take the time to find out their story. We are the lucky ones. We have family and friends. They have no one! How can we turn our backs on these people?
I believe the Police should have a list of Homeless People, and it should be their job to make sure they get food and shelter. Don't you?
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