The weather has turned very cold and it feels as though winter is here already. For people living on the streets it means facing a long spell of freezing and often wet nights and a battle to survive.
That’s why I was so touched to read the story of six-year-old Alfie and his dad Richard who give up their spare time to offer hot drinks and kindness to homeless people in Edinburgh.
As a recovering cocaine addict, Richard can relate to the problems faced by many men and women living on the streets, and he wanted his young son to be able to empathise and offer a helping hand.
It reminded me of how Princess Diana used to do the same with William and Harry so that they would grow up being aware of their fortunate position and to use it for good. So many children in our society now are over protected and living in bubbles, and it would be great to see more youngsters volunteering and gaining an understanding of the suffering of others and how they can help.
A great starting point could be getting behind the Big Sleep Out in Edinburgh on December 7th. It’s organised by Social Bite, and will help an estimated 1million homeless people around the world.
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