Monday, Memories: Homeless at Christmas

I do  not  know  who  this  man is but  I have used his  face more  than once when  writing  about  compassion. There  is  something  in his  eyes that  reach out  telling  his  story pain, grief  rejection it is  all there!

I used  his  face  last  at Christmas while I was  talking  about  Crisis at Christmas .  Crisis is  the National Charity  for single  hopeless people. They  are dedicated  to  helping  people  and  giving  them a chane  to change  their life’s for the better, to give  them hope.

The  Charity  works  all year  round of  course  but  they  also do  Crisis at Christmas.  Volunteers spend a  fortnight  cooking, providing  a  warm place  to stay  for those  lost and lonely people. They  give  them new  clothes, a  hair cut   and  also help  them  to change  their  lives if  they  want  to. They  help  with  finding somewhere  to live  or a job  interview .

They  show  real  compassion  they  help  and  they are unpaid and  they  really  make  a  difference.

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynz Real Cooking
    Dec 22, 2015 @ 22:35:27

    What a wonderful charity!


  2. gigoid
    Dec 22, 2015 @ 23:09:11

    Willow, most compassionate friend….

    I know those eyes; I was him once, not so long ago, in the scheme of things….

    You see resignation, fatigue, despair, and, at the same time, a tiny spark of hope, that someone, anyone, will look at you, and, SEE! That part is in the almost-a-smile, in the shape of the mouth, ready to respond should ANYONE meet his eyes with kindness….

    I think, milady, you’ll like tomorrow’s post; the ranting section speaks to this issue, peripherally…. Here’s a teaser….

    “My only religion is kindness.” – the XIVth Dalai Lama

    This Christmas, to anyone reading this, if you have a home, and food, the best, most Christ-like thing you could do is to forgo over-buying of gifts to people you know; instead, take a walk downtown, every day from now until the New Year, with some food, or a bit of cash, and give it to the first few people you meet who obviously need it….

    You’ll know them, now, because they’ll have the same eyes as the man above….

    Maybe, just maybe, you will learn what it is to be a real Christian, according to the teachings, which are, religion aside, merely a book instructions, of how to show compassion for our fellow humans…


    gigoid, the dubious


    • willowdot21
      Dec 22, 2015 @ 23:21:30

      You are so right Ned, we have before now given to this and other charities instead of buying each other presents it is a good feeling and yes buy a coffee, some food or just speak to a lost soul as you know it will make you feel better. I am sorry that you have been so low but delighted that that you have escaped and are now better placed.


  3. cindy knoke
    Dec 23, 2015 @ 01:15:08

    I will check them out and possibly donate.


  4. Geetha B
    Dec 23, 2015 @ 04:13:46

    I actually see acceptance, love, hope and peace in the eyes of the man whose image you’ve shared. Perhaps a bit of tiredness as well but the other feelings seem to be more there. Perhaps it is just me. Would love to know where the image came from, that could provide a clearer set of data. Enjoy the Xmas break.


  5. TanGental
    Dec 23, 2015 @ 08:59:29

    Sweet touching post Willow and a telling picture.


  6. Tosha Michelle
    Dec 24, 2015 @ 13:15:53

    Charity is what Christmas is all about…thank you for sharing


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