Have you thought about what you can give homeless people instead of money? Some people discuss reasons for not giving money to people who ask for it on the street - that's not what this article is about. If you prefer to help in other ways, then Alhamdulillah, here are some ideas of what else you can give.
Food... don't forget to include a spork
Although long life and ready-to-eat food wont be high in nutritional value, we should still make an effort to consider what the calorie, fat and protein content is - it could make up some of the only food a person is able to eat for a day or two.
Peanut butter/chocolate spread
Biscuits or crackers
Fruit and nut mixes
Teabags, and instant coffee sachets
and although not a food, you could include chewing gum
GIFT CARDS, this enables people to still buy some of what they need when you are hesitant to giving money, for whatever reason, and you can order a range of them online. Costa and Sports Direct are a good shout. You can get exclusive Wilko ones in store, too.
Almost 5000 people are estimated to be sleeping rough every night in the UK according to Homelessness UK. Your town or city, or wherever you are is likely to have a shelter or charity that helps people who are experiencing homelessness. If you want to help, call them and find out the best ways to do so. Even if you aren't able to volunteer your time, you may be able to help fund or stock the kitchen, or distribute packs of the items listed above through the service.
May Allah reward you for your efforts to help those in need.
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