Last weeks post was supposed to go up today, as I've been dealing with the loss of my dog, but I think I'm going to push it back one more week and talk about something that happened to me, literally about 15 minutes ago.
I work with my dad, and as I don't drive I sometimes have to get the train. When I do I often see a woman sat just before the station. She never asks for money, she's always polite and friendly, and she keeps out of the way. Yestersday and today we've had some serious rain and when I got off the train today to come home I saw her sat in the corner, drenched to the skin and looking miserable. Even if she hadn't asked for money, I would have offered her some because she looked such a sorry state. As I only carry my card all I had was £1.50, which will at least buy her a hot drink or a sandwich. You'd think that would be my good deed for the day right? But honestly, doing that made me feel so much worse, it sent my anxiety through the roof the whole way home. I realised it's because I could have offered so much more, after leaving her with just enough money for some food I come home to a dry house, warm bed and fridge full of food.
I don't know what it's like to be homeless, but I know what it's like to lose everything and feel totally helpless. My mother was a chronic alcoholic and when I was 18 I came back from school one day to find all my belongings on the road and two men boarding up my house. Luckily for me, I had family to take me in. But for those few hours of not knowing, I was terrified. Knowing that there are hundreds of people, some of them children, going through this every day makes me physically sick. Before I started renting my own place I donated £10 every month to the charity Shelter, which helps families who lose their homes for what ever reason. You can donate any amount of money you want, at any time at there website. I know not many people read this blog but if one person donated, it would make a huge difference. This isn't an ad, just something that really means a lot to me. So if you're interested, just click below to help someone get back on their feet.