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How to Help Homeless People

Updated on February 3, 2012

Doing Your Part is Simple

Helping those in need can seem like a daunting task sometimes. There are so many who are in need, and it is difficult to figure out where to start. Some people think that because they do not have a lot of money there is nothing they can do. The truth of the matter is that there are many things homeless people are in need of, and I can bet you have some of those things laying around your house.

I like to get my hands dirty, so I go out in the trenches. When you live in an impoverished area it is not hard to find the homeless. Vacant homes, alleys, and underneath bridges are places you can find the homeless. If you do not live in an inner city, you may have to travel if you want one on one contact with those in need. Of course, use common sense when heading to a place you are not familiar with, but don't be so scared that you lose the joy of the moment.

So what do the homeless need? They need the same things you and I need: Food, shelter, and clothing. These are the basics, but they are human too, and giving them things for their leisure is also a nice gesture. When thinking of foods to buy keep in mind that homeless people usually rely on backpacks to store their items. They will not have access to can openers and things of that sorts, so you want to keep things simple. Things with "easy open" lids or packages are ideal. Since they may not eat very often things with protein are especially good. Beef jerky strips, potted meat, and things of that nature are handy and beneficial.

Clothing does not need to be new but it should be warm. Many homeless people ask me for socks, as that is a thing many overlook. Hats and gloves are always welcome and they are cheap to buy. Jackets, coats, and hoodies will keep them warm. Remember that you do not have to spend a lot of money on these items, and that used is best. The reason used items make sense are because often times the homeless will wear these items just until they become too dirty to wear anymore, at which time they will discard of them. They have nowhere to wash their items so there is no point in spending lots of money.

Shelter comes in the form of tents. Easy open, pop-up tents are perfect for the homeless lifestyle. While you are at it do not forget about a warm sleeping bag that can be easily carried around. The homeless have lots of leisure time so battery operated radios come in handy, especially if they are very small or hand held. Playing cards, dominoes, and small games will be appreciated as well.

Helping the homeless is a great way of doing your part. How they became homeless or why they choose to stay that way is inconsequential. If you have a giving heart and want to help those in need, your help will be greatly appreciated. When helping the homeless don't forget about the ladies too. They are not as visible or obvious but they are there. Sanitary napkins are essential but many people forget about those things. Trial sized toiletries and hotel toiletries are great gifts for the women. When you help out the homeless it will give them hope and it will make you feel all fuzzy on the inside.


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      6 years ago

      Im very interested in helping the homeless and this website helped me a lot. Now I know how to help the homeless.


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