With the sudden shift in the weather one can feel the cold penetrate through their footwear if they stand in one spot for more than a few minutes. How this must feel for the homeless people who have to rough sleep in tents, doorways, arches, and even in bushes in public spaces, How must they feel?
Its Saturday 29th September 2018 and its just a little past 7:30pm on a street here in Dublin City, Called Talbot Street. Its already getting dark and its quite cold a few people are standing around talking in small groups. People, and or shoppers, go about their business and walk past either chatting away to their company or are busy looking at their phones that they probably don’t even know that this street will suddenly burst into life with activity with homeless people seeking help.
Right on cue at about 7:45pm when tables are set up on a spot facing the popular Madigans Bar and Restaurant, and hot food is put out suddenly the street becomes a hive of activity. You can see the high sudden outburst of volumes of people coming to seek aid from ” Bridges Of Hope Homeless Outreach, (boh) an non profitable organization who as you may already be aware set up a food and clothing station every Saturday Evening from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, to help people affected by the very tragic homeless crisis that Ireland is seeing today.
Homemade hot food dishes made freshly by the volunteers include, Dublin Coddle, Pasta, Chicken Curry, Hot Dogs, and a very large selection of sandwiches. Also on the menu there was plenty of snacks including biscuits, cakes, crisps, with a plentiful supply of hot drinks including tea, coffee, and drinking chocolate.
What strikes a little more this week is the sheer amount of elderly people turning up seeking help one lady was actually in a wheelchair. There was also a lot of strange faces coming to the stall tonight a constant reminder that this homeless crisis doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
The clothing stall was also quite busy one of the volunteers managed to source new water rainproof suits which consist of a jacket and a pair of trousers. They are designed to go over their normal set of clothes, and will keep the homeless people nice and dry should it rain over the next few days.
Like any other Saturday Evening with (boh) is very busy and if you want to have a cup of tea you literately have to stand up drinking it as like all the volunteers you are kept mad busy.
Can You Help (boh) In any way?
Would you consider becoming a volunteer? Or maybe you have a business and may have unsold stock including surplus food items, and would like to donate them to (boh) and or good quality warm items of heavy clothing including Jackets, Jumpers, Boots, Thermal underwear, Stockings, or if you have any old unused or unwanted camping equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, bag packs, sleeping mats, hats, gloves, etc or if you are having a clear out and would like to donate items including, clothing, blankets, towels, bed linen, toiletries, including tooth paste, mouth washes, etc please get in touch with us in Dublin ( North-Side ) on 085-812-5434, or (South Side) on 085-1282-546. We can arrange to have your donation collected from your home or business if that would suit you, To join (boh) as a volunteer you can either phone any of the numbers above or just show up any Saturday Evening on Talbot Street from 7:30pm To 9:30pm thank you.
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