They didn’t choose this life.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to earn the big bucks, and for those that are living it rough on the streets across Australia, there’s often very little hope at the end of the tunnel.
There’s not a day that goes past where you don’t see a homeless in the CBD of each state. They are congregating stations and sidewalks during the day and often parks and little alleyways in the evening, not really caring about the stares they receive by passing commuters.
As a woman, living on the streets is difficult enough from dealing with periods every month to feeling anxious that a man would take advantage of her and to lacking the essentials to maintain personal hygiene.
How could we as commuters provide some sort of comfort for these women?
Donating a small tent
Do you have a tent just sitting at the back of your garage collecting dust? If the answer is yes, why not take it to a homeless woman today? It would mean everything to them to feel that much safer in an enclosed tent, to fend off the wind on cold nights, to fend off any lurkers that could cause harm to them, to have that privacy and to be able to change without having to find the nearest public restroom.
Donating a blanket
If you’re under a roof and still feel cold, imagine what it’s like for all the homeless people out there. If you have an extra blanket laying around the house, donate it to the local shelter or even to the homeless directly. For women, a blanket can be used not only just a way of keeping them warm but can also be used as a back support when that time of the month comes by rolling it up.
Donating a sleeping bag
When was the last time you went on camp and bought a sleeping bag? I don’t know about you but it’s definitely been quite some time since i’ve last used mine. Once again, find the time to donate it, it can make a real difference to the homeless.
The next time you have a garage sale or donate to a non-for-profit organisation, think about the items that can help the homelessness feel more at home.