28 Feb London Homeless Drive 4 – Keya Sajip
On the 27th February, we had our fourth Homeless Drive yet. We had over 200 volunteers sign up, which was the most we’ve ever had. The overwhelming number of sign ups was amazing; it was incredible to see so many young people who cared about this issue and were willing to give up their time and help. On the day, the volunteers made care packages which included: thermals, hats, gloves, chewing gum, hand sanitizer and nutrient bars. Edward Jordan, the former director of the charity, Shelter, came in to speak, and told us about the inspiring work he’s done in the past. We then went into the streets of London and distributed the care packages to the homeless people and listened to their stories. We had approximately 10 different teams, all of which, followed a different route through central London, so we could cover as much ground as possible, and reach as many homeless people as we could. I felt that, although the contents of the care packages were important and useful, all the homeless people we talked to valued our company just as much, if not more. Talking to them was a great experience, finding out about: their lives, hobbies, where they came from and what they did. It all reminded us, that these people are just like us, but in unfortunate situations. I remember one man, who had come to London from Darby, he was an artist who was looking for better job prospects here in the city. He talked to us about his love for London, and told us all the places with the best views of the city. Overall the day was a great success and we believe that it is a great cause which very much relevant to our society today and will continue to be for a very long time. We look forward to future Homeless Drives being as just as successful.