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Make Simple Easy to make Crafty Gifts for the Homeless this Christmas

By Edited Oct 29, 2016 7 22

If you are one of those crafty people that can sew, crochet or knit then you should not waste that talent. There are so many people doing it tough these days that a little bit of love from you crafters could make their Christmas day better.

Why not spend a couple of hours and check out your cupboards looking for all that scrap material, wool and crochet cotton and make simple easy to make crafty gifts for the homeless this Christmas.

These days there are so many people living on the streets, under bridges, even in the bush because they do not have the money to live anywhere else. Then there are families actually living out of their cars because they have nowhere else to go and live. There are many reasons that can bring a person down and lead them to become homeless. It can be an illness, losing their job, and hundreds of other reasons that leave them destitute, and it is not their fault.

They may have been buying a home and the company they worked for has gone out of business and can no longer employ them. If they cannot find a replacement job they will fall beyond in their mortgages and eventually lose everything they have worked all their lives to keep the dream of owning their own home alive.

Many farmers are going through similar circumstances through drought, floods and other environmental problems. Their crops are either washed away or stops growing through lack of water. Yes these people still have to pay their mortgages and find the money to feed their children. It becomes a never ending battle trying to make ends meet. To try and juggle which bill to pay and which to put aside is not easy. Especially when kids are saying I am hungry, why can't we have this or that?

At the moment thousands of people have had to leave their homes in Queensland Australia due to the excessive rains and the streets are flooded. Some people have lost their homes and businesses and everything they once treasured and worked their whole lives for. People stacked up their furniture and possessions only to find the whole home are farm completely underwater.

This adds to the trauma of their lives, especially if something happens to older people, they will lose the drive to start again. Never think it won't happen to you, because life and death is not something we can ever be certain of. Yes we can make all those plans, but it is the unexpected things like an accidental death in the family or even a global tragedy that no one can prepare for. Any of these things can end your dreams without warning.


What you can do to help


No you do not have to be rich or give money. Just use your talents and the things you have in your own home to make simple easy to make crafty gifts for the homeless this Christmas. It will make their awful day a lot brighter. There are innocent children without enough food, but a little gift of homemade toys will put a smile on their little faces.


Anything that you can take the time to make out of your busy schedule will help one or two homeless people. This is all I am asking you to do, whether it's making a child's dress, tee-shirts, and toys for the kids, crochet or knitted blankets. Crochet or knitted tops or beanies for children or adults. The main thing is to make something they can use; having said that it would be no good crocheting doilies and those types of things as they could not use them in their cardboard box or car.


Not a crafty type of Person


For those people that are not crafty then you can still help. Look through your overflowing cupboards stuffed with goodies. Yes, if you look you will find lots of clothes that do not fit anymore, or food that you can spare to help someone out. Or even toys that your children do not play with anymore. I am sure they will not even miss them.

Can you cook?

If you can cook you should be able to make a few little cakes or fruit mince pies and take them down to the shelters to hand out.

By helping the homeless do you realize how much you will help yourself. It will make you feel good about yourself because you know that at this busy time of year you have actually taken the time to help someone needing your help. This will do wonders for your moral.

I am sure these sorts of things will go a long way to making their Christmas day a lot brighter for the homeless this year.

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Nov 29, 2010 8:57am
These are lovely ways to help the homeless. This article should give many church groups, girl scout troups and other organizations a few new ideas!
Nov 29, 2010 7:28pm
deborah, thanks for that, yes we have to try and help those people in need.
Nov 29, 2010 11:05am
thanks for this nice way to help homeless peoples
Nov 29, 2010 7:40pm
blogMM,we can all do our little bit for the homeless
Nov 29, 2010 8:31pm
Important sentiment and lovely gesture.
Nov 29, 2010 10:19pm
Thanks diva for stopping by

Introspective, Hope this helps to motivate some people to care and do something
Nov 29, 2010 9:00pm
eileen, wonderful and important article! Thank you!!
Dec 21, 2010 7:56am
thanks introspective for popping in to read this
Nov 29, 2010 11:32pm
A really great article supporting a very important cause. Thumbs up all the way from me Eileen!!
Nov 29, 2010 11:43pm
thanks dreammaker, hope it works for them
Dec 3, 2010 10:31pm
Very thoughtful. Thanks.
Dec 7, 2010 3:59am
NehalGJ, thanks for stopping by
Dec 7, 2010 2:07pm
A great article! My Girl Scout troop makes Christmas presents for the homeless every year. This year we are decorating Chinese takeout boxes and putting socks and candy in them.
Dec 7, 2010 6:43pm
mommymm, that sounds great, it cheers people up more I reckon with home made personal things too. thanks for stopping by
Dec 19, 2010 9:24pm
What a very thoughtful idea and so glad you shared this with us.
Dec 19, 2010 9:28pm
Veto, Thanks for that, christmas is a time for sharing and we can all help the homeless is some way. Every little helps
Dec 22, 2010 4:21pm
Great ideas! People just do not realize how much a little bit of kindness can turn the day of someone who is homeless. I also wish that they were thought of as often throughout the year as they are during the really bad winter storm or the holidays. Gloves, socks, personal care items...there are many things that people take for granted as an every day item.

I have one critique though, and that is this part "For many of these people it is not their fault. They are not criminals or druggies it is quite often through circumstances beyond their own control." Behind every story of homelessness was a moment that altered the course of a person's life, mortgage crisis, unemployment, and addiction. It reads a bit like one group of homeless may be more "deserving" that another. I know that is what many people believe, so I just want to remind everyone that those homeless who have drug problems or alcoholism are not necessarily acting of their own accord. Stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction often misleads people into thinking choice is present when it may not be there. {I've worked w/homeless folks so it's one of my passion spots} Great article though!
Dec 28, 2010 3:49am
Sorry JP, I am not sure where you are coming from= I was trying to say that there are many reasons that can bring a person down and lead them to become homeless.
It can be an illness, losing their job, and hundreds of other reasons that leave them destitute. I had a brother who was placed in a mental home about fifty years ago, I never even met him because he suffered from (spelt wrong) schitsophrenia. In those days they thought they were mad. He died in that institution without me knowing until I did a family search and found out what happened.
So I understand there are many reasons for their dilema. Maybe I need to reword it so as not to give people that impression.
Jan 3, 2011 4:47pm
Sorry to hear that Eileen. Wow, I cannot imagine your surprise. Families are interesting, too, with all of our secrets...

What I meant was when I read it, I hear that the "criminals or druggies" are making more of a choice about homelessness. I think partly it's the use of the word "fault" so it reads as though it's they have more control than someone who lost their home because of the mortgage crisis. Although they can be one in the same.

I know there are a lot of folks who think that giving to homeless people just goes to fuel their "habits" and I think the way its worded speaks to that a little. That there's a separation because of its wording. Society most definitely has a judgment about homeless people, but they're more forgiving of a person who isn't ill due to addiction/mental health. Most likely the average person may not even stop at that part of the article. I guess what I really mean is that they all deserve socks no matter why they are there!

I think the wording you used in the comment would read better, more inclusive, "there are many reasons that can bring a person down and lead them to become homeless. It can be an illness, losing their job, and hundreds of other reasons that leave them destitute."

I'm sorry, I am not trying to pick on you. I only commented about it because I appreciate the article so much. Really. So, I hope I don't sound like a jerk!
Jan 4, 2011 8:17am
It is so understand, the many reasons that people do what they do. But we just all have to try and help where we can.
Thanks for your input I really appreciate it. I have reworded like you said and added a bit about the people in queensland that have had their homes flooded and many have lost everything. cheers
Mar 29, 2012 12:49am
Very nice article!
Apr 1, 2012 2:55am
Thanks misskate, we can all do our bit to help others in lots of different ways that do not cost a lot of money. Even a good thought or smile will help someones in need.
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