It is all too easy to pass a homeless person or someone you would class as a 'bum' and look down your nose. But that can easily become reality.
A mental health issue, a physical illness, a marriage breakdown, a bereavement, job loss or any number of issues could put you in that 'bum's shoes.
Still think -- no, not me?
Russia Today reported Sunday the "Average UK family just ‘2 weeks away from breadline’.
Read this piece in the Guardian "How I became homeless: 'If you think it can't happen to you, think again' Steve Grant on how he went from being an art teacher to living on the street – and how Crisis is helping him rebuild his life" and think again.
In 1970 this writer completed a 25-mile charity walk to raise money for SHELTER, a charity trying to make homelessness a thing of the past. Maybe a decade ago that mission seemed possible but now it is further away than ever.
It is good to see that British people are still participating in charitable events to help the homeless (see crisis slideshow below) but it is shameful that it is necessary in Britain in the 21st Century,
90,000 children in Britain will be homeless this Christmas. Make SHELTER your Christmas charity and donate here
Participate in other schemes available such as "How to dine out and help the homeless with StreetSmart scheme"