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We must Care! My response to Chris Mills’ Essay called “Do we care?”

Updated on March 21, 2018
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92% of homeless women are victims of physical and sexual assault according to an American charity | Source
92% of homeless women are victims of physical and sexual assault according to an American charity | Source

We must Care!

No ifs or no buts! And there is no other way around to hide from truth.

We must care to support these vulnerable people as government seems to do nothing about them.They are no more than a joke for their local council or MP.Some work needs to be done by local residents of every area to help such people out.

Those persons we see everyday sitting by the road or street are humans and are in great misery, some of them have migrated from some war zone countries and don’t have any legal documents to work or get residence on their names.Mostly cannot speak foreign language and don’t understand other country’s system.

Some are sexually abused by their close relations and leave the house to protect their dignity.Others are mentally tortured as violence is violence either physical or emotional, it doesn’t matter.

Chris Mills has described this very well in his essay “Do we care”.Your heart really aches when you read his essay about those victims who have no place to live, nothing to eat, can’t afford food and clothes.And some have faced such horrible experiences of war which have left them without their families and they had to flee to save their lives.

Every story has a painful past with nothing in present for them and future is unknown for such torn of homeless persons.My heart weeps for every vulnerable whoever I see sleeping roughly by the side of the street.

Bill Holland’s story “An Old Man by the side of the Road” is another masterpiece on this issue which does justice with it’s title and tells us how the writer takes a homeless person to the restaurant and buys him a cup of coffee and listens his side of story which reveals how miserable somebody can be and how war does effect people and can change their life forever.Chris Mills’ essay “Do we care” is a wonderful response to Bill Holland’s story and both stories make you cry on every line of them.

Please visit their profiles and must read their great articles on this serious issue which is ignored violently by local authorities.

My heart is crying at this picture | Source
My heart is crying at this picture | Source

We must take some steps to help them

My response to Chris Mills’ essay is that we must care and we must follow some steps to find help for such oppressed and ill-fated individuals.I don’t know about others but when I see a stinking man lying down on the side of the street wearing dirty clothes and begging from passers to give him a penny to drink or eat something, then some sharp thing really hits on my heart.

I simply can’t see humanity being disrespected to such a lower level.It’s beyond my tolerance gut to bear such a disgrace of live human beings where we spend thousands to bury our loved ones, right there a live person is victimised to such an extreme extent that he can't afford to buy a cup of coffee for himself.Human lives are valuable and we must pay some attention to ease their problems.

We must do more than offering them some pennies, and then forget all at once after we reach home as nothing had happened.We need to change this attitude and start our bit to bring some refreshing change in our society which stands for us and is built by us.

While thinking about these homeless people, there are some steps which come into my mind to help them out and to bring them towards normal living of life.

  1. We need to establish a private charity in every local area which can be specifically designed to approach all homeless people sitting on every street of that area.There should be two members for every street working for that ‘help homeless’ charity who can survey their street and listen to those homeless individually and write down their special needs in order to fulfill them.The charity can be organised by local residents who can get donations from their area to help the vulnerable persons.
  2. Every individual of society is equally responsible for healthy atmosphere of his area and should feel this responsibility over his shoulders.We can spare some room in our house to provide residence to poors if we have enough space.This will make a huge difference as nobody wants to sleep on road if he has some place to sleep.This step will lessen street sleepers and would bring some great change in the air of miseries.
  3. We can offer our services to them like cutting their hair, providing them some spare clothes, buying them essential grossary of daily life and giving them some home made food or can buy lunch or dinner for them.This would be a huge help for them to ease their life a bit.Food banks are great for these purposes as well.
  4. We can build a free volunteer cooked food stall on every busy road where we see many homeless sitting everyday.It can be run by volunteers of local area to provide it’s services and it can make their lives easier as they would be able to get free breakfast, lunch and dinner.This is a great idea actually which can be fulfilled with help of volunteers on national basis as well.Would have to do some advertising for this though.
  5. Finally, our best we can do is offer them some coffee or food and try to talk to them as many don’t have anyone they can talk to.A crying shoulder on which they can cry would prove a relief for them.It’s similar to talking therapies which can help a lot of people for a positive change in them and to get their life on back track.

We can certainly give this dog some shelter | Source
We can certainly give this dog some shelter | Source

Charity is a way of getting more and better

Givers are always at best place than takers.Don’t think that whatever you give would be wasted in bottle of beer.Your duty is only to take money out of your pocket and drop it at needy’s hand.After it’s his choice how he wants to spend it to comfort his needs.

You would get reward for the good you’ve done, and truly whatever is given comes back to you with much better interest on it.This is like a trade you are doing as money doubles up when it revolves around.It doesn’t add up if it stays till one person only.

By helping others, you’re helping yourself as well to get triple of what you have spent on others.It’s like a business you’re doing which would give you great reward over your goods and money.

Helping as little as a penny can bring smile on someone’s face | Source
Helping as little as a penny can bring smile on someone’s face | Source

Author’s Note

This is my response to Chris Mills’ essay “Do we care”.If you’ve something else to say please write your ideas or story in response.

Many Blessings!

© 2018 Nikki Khan


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    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      11 months ago from London

      Thanks Lawrence for visiting again, you’re absolutely right that many have skills and money but still struggling in western countries to get their deserving identities.

      They’re best at their home countries but many have issues over there like family quarrels or some seek protection against life threat or wars.

      So each individual has different circumstances or stories to tell, but it’s very hard for them to survive in such a hostile environment for foreigners.

      May God bless them and protect them all!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      11 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      One thing is everyone thinks that the refugee is 'penniless' but Samir wasn't, and many of them aren't. Many of them have money and skills that are needed in the West.

      I agree what you say, and to me, the best way is to make sure that the country where they came from is a safe place to live.

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      11 months ago from London

      Thanks Lawrence for stopping along!

      There are thousands painful stories like you’re telling me, there must be some measures to minimise the numbers of homeless people.Everybody should consider himself responsible and must act to prevent homelessness at first place.

      I hope people take this issue seriously and start doing some work to lessen the pain.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      So well said. Bravo

      I've got a series here on HP called "Coyote" about a friend of mine who came out to the west using the 'people smugglers'.

      I've got to warn you, it's a harrowing story, and is all true!

      In fact, it's probably pretty tame compared to what really goes on, but it's what I know happened to my friend, as I was there with him for a lot of it, the big difference is I'm a Westerner, and I could get out, he, and his family couldn't!

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      12 months ago from London

      Thanks Venkatachari ji for your precious visit and for such an awesome admiration, much appreciated.

      I've read some of your articles, they are a great inspiration and give very deep message to become better humans.

      I'm truly honoured to get appreciation from an amazing human being and an inspiring writer like you're.

      Bless you and your family!

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A very nice article, dear Nikki. You are so kind and generous in expressing your thoughts about these helpless human beings. It's a very emotional story touching the hearts of everyone. I also share some of these feelings and thoughts through my blogs stressing the need for being human and care for others.

      My blessings to you and your children.

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      12 months ago from London

      Thanks Jo for visiting my hub and for leaving such insightful comments, I’m so encouraged by your admiration.I’m glad that ny hub made you think this way, as we spend a lot on normal things but never think of others who might need some pennies to feed them up.

      May God bless us all.

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      Jo Miller 

      12 months ago from Tennessee

      The world needs more people like you, Nikki. Thanks for this lovely article. I had never thought to compare how much we spend on burials when the living are so much in need.

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      Thanks Gypsy for your beautiful comment!

      I appreciate your thoughts and your kind heart which is feeling their pain.

      May every heart start feeling pain of others as helping never goes in vein and bears it’s sweet fruit sooner or later.

      Bless you dear!

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      Thanks Sean brother for adding your concern and precious comment.

      Bless you!

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      It’s really heart breaking to listen Greece condition,, this is I think of every country now.

      War has really many destructive effects on people and on generations after.

      Which whole universe is watching and facing already.But we must take some serious steps to support such war effected families and individuals.

      And we also need to get together with all the countries to prevail peace and avoid war as it destroys all.

      May God bless everyone.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      13 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you for this. Yes, we must care and do whatever is in our power to help. Never turn away and look as if we don't see. Blessings to you.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      13 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      My Sister, I am proud of your voice, and I am 100% with you.

      Here in Greece, we live this situation at the worst level because of the crisis which is the result of the criminal acts of our corrupted politicians.

      Additional we have an enormous number of refugees from Syria and Africa due to the war that the corrupted leaders of the world made with the intention to steal the wealth of these countries. We are trying every day to help but those people they don't need just our charity, they need back what has been stolen from them. Over our charity, we have to fight to change our countries, our community, to bring Love back to our lives. We all are responsible; no one is innocent. We have to act, in the name of Love.

      We all are refugees...

      God bless you, dear Sister.


    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      Wow Brian Leekley!

      I’m a huge fan of yours on this.How beautifully you’ve described the ultimate need to combine all resources together in order to get mutual joy and solution to this important issue.

      Thanks for visiting and appreciating it.

      Bless you!

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      Brian Leekley 

      13 months ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      Why must we care? Because caring about one another creates community and community combines resources to satisfy needs, bringing mutual joy and satisfaction. So let's care and let's act, together implementing practical solutions. Thanks for your good ideas.

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      Thanks Linda for expressing your views about this serious problem.

      You are right here, we need to do much more to arise this issue and help such people.

      And I guess if we’d be homeless one day how would that feel, It’s seems to be a horrible nightmare as I think about it :(

      What about those people who already are going through this?

      This is a big question mark indeed on the face of rich nations?

      We need to wake up and try’n feel their pain.

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      Thanks Manatita ji!

      Of course, many try their best to support but still needs to be done more as streets are getting packed more and more each day with tired and hungry faces which is a shame for such a rich place like London and other rich countries like us.

      Thanks for your side of help Manatita as if every individual would start doing his bit then would bring a huge change one day, I hope.

      Bless you!

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The title of your article is right, Nikki. We must care. The homelessness situation is very sad. Charities and other organizations can sometimes be helpful, but it's important that we help in some way as well. I often think about the fact that we never know whether we will face problems in life that leave us without a home.

    • manatita44 profile image


      13 months ago from london

      A passonate piece and a call to attention, with good intent, of course.

      An age old problem. So many of us do what we can in a variety of ways such as the Spirit moves us.

      It can sometimes be seen as a complex problem.

      I hear your shout though. Keep it up!

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      Thanks Eric for stopping along!

      In London, there are many organisations working but mostly are under local councils and do not have enough budgets to tackle this issue properly.

      They normally only support by giving food bank vouchers and yet those banks are very far from main residence that someone has to fully prepared and to pay for travelling to get there.

      Accommodating some needy is very rare in London as being over populated and less resources in term of buildings.

      This is great to know that you work in food banks yourself which is huge favour to vulnerables.

      Many thanks for approving my hub Eric.

      Bless you.

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      That’s so kind of you Mary!

      I’m glad that you’re doing your bit in easing their needs.They prefer money I know,, they may be want to spend with free will, I guess.But some accept food as one of my friend took a needy to Kfc and bought him two meals whatever he wanted and he was very thankful to her.

      Much Appreciated!

      You’ve a very kind and affectionate heart dear which takes care of all.I’m so blessed to have you as my follower.

      Community doesn’t really take care of all, there has to be some private organisations to solve this problem.

      Thanks for commenting dear.

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      Thanks Bill for appreciating my hub, it’s a huge honour for me to achieve points from your side.

      Homelessness is very important issue to raise hands and plan some strategy to help such needy people.

      You are such a wonderful person by heart Bill, bless you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very well done. I hear about tearing up when reading these stories.

      But one thing kind of shocked me. Are you saying that in your area you do not have such private organizations as you suggest we should have? We just do not have that dearth in our area.

      I love volunteering at our Food Bank which may be one of the largest in the nation. Of course being older I get to hand it out rather than work in the warehouse. It is just hard for me to imagine a place without, ready and available resources.

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      Mary Norton 

      13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is really an admirable hub and thanks for bringing up the issue here. We do give each time we see one in the street but I know this is not enough. They often prefer money rather than food. We brought this up with a pub in York when a homeless was sitting in the cold across their place and they assured us that the community takes care of them.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is very kind of you to mention me in this heartfelt essay, Nikki! Thank you for helping to raise awareness on this issue. You are a kind and loving human being.

    • nikkikhan10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      Thanks Flourish for your kind remarks.

      Of course, changing our own corner is the most valuable thing to do.Very little can add up to bring an amazing change in this whole world.

      You are an awesome person by heart Flourish, I must say this.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      13 months ago from USA

      You have a very giving heart. We can each choose the cause that compels us the most and change the world in that way. Changing our own corner of the world is a wonderful beginning.


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