As the nights are getting darker and colder it has got me thinking about those not lucky enough to have a roof over their heads. The season of good will is rapidly approaching and I thought perhaps as a school we could aim to pull together some items that may provide a little comfort to a homeless person. The midwifery team have previously worked with the Simon Community and I have been inspired by their 12 days of Giving Christmas collection which they will be launching on 29th November 2018. I wonder if anyone would like to join in a collection of items. The Simon Community have sent the following message:-
The list of items below is prioritised as the most important things which homeless people across the country will need to keep warm, and ultimately survive the harsh winter which has been forecast. All of these items are lifesaving and aimed at restoring dignity to people we support.
- Stainless Steel Thermos flasks (for our street outreach team to give a warm drink to prevent hypothermia)
- Thermal hats and gloves (new)
- Season 4 sleeping bags (must be season 4 as these are the only ones which can handle our winter temperature drops to keep people alive)
- Warm waterproof jackets (new or nearly new and in small sizes only. 8-12 for a woman and small and medium for a man)
- Silver lined camping mats (stop those sleeping rough from being frozen to the ground)
- Cotton joggies with fleece lining (new or nearly new and in small sizes only. 8-12 for a woman and small and medium for a man)
- Micro fibre towels (these are compact and can effectively keep people dry in the wet weather)
- Long sleeved thermals (new or nearly new and in small sizes only. 8-12 for a woman and small and medium for a man)
- Hiking socks and pants in small sizes (new only and in small sizes only. 8-12 for a woman and small and medium for a man)
- Soft chew protein bars (these are easy to eat even for people whose dental health is so poor they can’t chew)
- Gift Sets (toiletries etc. these sets are often the only gift people receive all year)
- Kettle food (dried pastas, noodles, pot noodles and rice products are easy for us to give out)
I wondered if we could pull together and collect some of these items, possibly 1 of the most expensive items, two of the next most expensive item, etc until we are collecting 12 of the least expensive item?
Please can you contact me if you think you can help in any way or can think of any other ways we can contribute to this activity. Could you get your students involved, or can you set a wee target amongst some colleagues to achieve this by Christmas?
Feel free to drop off any donations with myself or any of my team members – we are based on the 2nd floor of Building 2, Lanarkshire Campus. Any questions please just let me know, and please look out for the Simon Community Campaign.
Many thanks to all of you and wishing you a warm and merry Christmas when it comes.
Sheona Brown (Midwife Lecturer).