Homeless For Christmas

Homeless For Christmas on Flickr

 

There are two excellent and tenuously connected  things happening in Medway this month to help the homeless.

Former Singing Loins guitarist and songwriter Chris Allen (a.k.a. Arfur) has recorded an absolute beauty of a Christmas song called Homelesss For Christmas. He’s releasing it on the Vacilando ’68 label as a limited edition CD and download on December 18th, with all proceeds going to Crisis. It features artwork by the brilliant Lupen Crook and I’ve contributed the photo above for use as part of the package. Keep an eye on the label’s website for more information about the release, but in the meantime have a listen to the song on Soundcloud.

 

Many thanks to my friend Hannah for trudging about in the cold to be in the photo. Hannah is organising something brilliant that we can all take part in. She’s looking for  donations of shoeboxes with appropriate, non-perishable gifts to hand out to the homeless during the week before Christmas, or items which can be placed into shoeboxes. Practical gift ideas include:

• Socks and underwear
• Gloves, hats, scarfs, earmuffs
• Non-perishable food items
• Vouchers for food/clothes (I.E Supermarket vouchers)
• Torch/candles
• Baby products
• Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, plasters, deodorant, razors, nail clippers, baby wipes)
• Feminine hygiene products
• Batteries

There are drop off points in Chatham and Rainham that will be open until Friday 18th December. For more ideas and information, CLICK HERE.

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