The winter holiday season is a time of giving. If you are feeling particularly charitable this season, we encourage you to find ways to help the most disadvantaged, including those who are homeless.
This year has been especially difficult for many people financially, as the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on the economy and left many people out of jobs and out of a home. More people than ever are in need of assistance to even be able to afford some of the most basic everyday items and needs that many of us take for granted.
Here are a few ways you can take action and help the homeless in Texas over the holidays:
- Donate: You can either donate money or items—either will be put to great use. Many charities organize drives for clothing, toys, toiletries, household goods, food, books, blankets, towels and other necessities. Find a local organization that works with the homeless and learn about their current needs. You can also donate money directly to these organizations, which they can then put to good use for whatever their greatest needs are at the moment to support the homeless community.
- Learn: If you really want to understand how to help the homeless and want to have empathy for them and their situation, it’s important to understand how they became homeless to begin with. There is a common misconception that homeless people are homeless because they are lazy, addicts, mentally ill or uneducated. But a significant majority of the homeless population in the United States went through a life-altering event that shattered their financial situation and sent them on a spiral. Common issues include job loss, medical emergencies, loss of a partner, divorce or domestic abuse. Learning about these issues can help you determine how you are best suited to help and support them.
- Volunteer: If you don’t have the ability to donate financially, you might consider donating some of your time. There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer with the homeless, including working at soup kitchens, volunteering at shelters or taking part in certain programs. You might, for example, organize classes and teach a skill you possess, such as a language, carpentry or typing. You might also consider starting a book club at a local shelter. Whatever you think is the best way for you to contribute your time and skills, it can make a big difference in their lives.
- Be kind: Beyond all else, when you encounter homeless people, it is important to show them kindness. There are so many homeless people who are treated as though they’re invisible. You don’t have to give them change, but you also don’t have to pretend like they’re not there. Even small acts of kindness can help to boost their morale and give them some basic human dignity.
For more information about opportunities for helping the homeless in Texas this holiday season, we encourage you to contact The Law Office of Rob Biggers for suggestions. We wish you and yours a pleasant holiday season!
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