LETTER: Spare a thought for the homeless this winter

Madam – Winter is here and I hope each and every resident will spare a thought to those who don’t have the necessary resources to adequately survive the very cold months.

Apart from homeless people who often need help, there are also plenty of families who need clothes, blankets, shoes and food. There are plenty of organisations in this lovely town that are willing to help, but will need the support of the community.

I know, because I have experienced first hand what it is like to be freezing and hungry and not being able to support my family due to a shortage of employment. I was too ashamed to ask for help because I knew there were people out there who would judge me.

Luckily, like an angel from Heaven, a neighbour knew what was happening and asked for help on my behalf on social media. She was flooded with answers from good Samaritans, who wanted to help out.

Most of the donations were done anonymously, and some of the people in this community who helped might never know how much their small or big contribution helped my family and me survive the cold months.

That act of generosity motivated me further and I went door to door, to every one I knew, trying to get back on my feet. The new year came with great blessings as I have a good job where I earn enough to take care of my family.

If it were not for the kindness of the Newcastle community, I would not be able to ask this today:

Do one good thing for a neighbour this winter, so they may be able to pay it forward to someone who desperately needs help. In this uncertain economy, we could all use a helping hand, no matter how small it may be. You could be part of saving someone’s life, and there is no greater blessing than that.

Ex-homeless

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  AUTHOR
Reveshni Moodley
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