We see it in the news everyday, poverty rates are growing throughout the UK and with Christmas coming soon many families will not be able to afford heating, buy food and children will be waking up on christmas day to nothing. So what can we do to help?
More than 14 million people, including 4.5 million children, are living below the breadline, with more than half trapped in poverty for years. Take a moment to think about them statistics. The devices we use to read things like these blogs on are what we see as essential to us right? There are literally millions of people in our areas going without necessities like food and water, never mind luxuries! People often blame things like addiction and carelessness as the cause of poverty and in some circumstances are correct, however, almost half of people in poverty are actually people who are living with some sort of disability, 48.3% of households in poverty live in families with a disabled person. We need to help these people who cannot afford the necessities, by donating food to your local food bank you are directly contributing to a cause that is helping relieve the troubles these families are experiencing. By donating a toy or gift to one of the many projects like mission christmas you are giving a disadvantaged child the happiness they deserve at Christmas. As a community it should be in our best interests to help relieve the stress of everyday life for these families and help provide them with the things we take for granted. Search your cupboards, but if you have nothing to give, give your time towards helping someone!