A moment to last forever. 

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. 

Mother Teresa 

We headed out a little later this week. We figured we might get the chance to meet more people if they were settling down in their spots for the night.

We weren’t wrong. We had been out only a few minutes and two chaps approached us, “you’re the guys helping us out aren’t you?” We quite literally couldn’t believe it. Word had got around quickly. We also armed ourselves with chocolate bars and socks that had kindly been donated, even a couple of sleeping bags. These proved hugely useful. 

If we thought last week was cold, we had a shock this week. The wind howled through buildings, the damp air wrapped around us, that ‘cold to the bone’ sort of feeling. But that said, we wouldn’t be sleeping in the thick of it tonight like the people we met.

  
We met some real characters tonight. Some telling us tales of their misfortune, others much quieter, but each and every one sending us on our way with a thank you, and a smile. And then there was a truly beautiful moment, as we turned the corner, one guy turned to his pal, thinking we were out of ear shot and said ‘oh wow’ with such excitement in his voice. It was such an emotional moment that will last with us for a long long time, possibly forever. 

What is great is that we are learning more every time we go out. We are finding out where to go, creating meeting points to give donations, and meeting some great characters. But more importantly our eyes are being opened to what life is like for people living on the streets, and how we can help, no matter how small. Any difference is better than no difference at all. 

We walked away tonight having distributed all the wonderful donations we had. Now we need more! Yet again, every single person who donated has helped to wrap someone in love. And to you we say thank you on behalf of everybody we had the privilege of meeting tonight. 

Please keep your donations coming. Particularly men’s coats, gloves, scarves and hats. We are clean out!

Thank you all from Project_WinterCoat. 

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Ready for the second run

  
Today we are sorting through a whole heap of coats ahead of tonight’s outing. It’s so wonderful and humbling as we sort through them. To think people have taken the time out of their busy lives to not just sift through their belongings, but also go out of their way to bring them to our designated drop off point. 
Thank you so much from all of us at Project_Winter Coat. Without you this idea would have stayed just that. You are the people who make a difference. 

On days like today as the wind rips through buildings, taking the rain along with it for the ride, we realise that we all can make a difference. No matter how big or small we think it might be. 

#wrapyourselfinlove

Wherever I lay my coat, that’s my home.

Sat back in the comfort of our homes, warm drink in hand, TV chatting away in the background, but all feeling very different.

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Our first outing was a chilly one. It served to bring home the real truth of why we were trawling the streets. It was ok for us. By the end of the night, our skin would warm up with a tingle stirring memories from childhood of coming home after sledging to a hot chocolate and a cuddle from mum. The feeling would come back in the tips of our fingers, once wrapped around a hot comforting cup of tea. The cold that had run through our bones would thaw when curled up in the duvets of our cosy safe beds.

But for those sleeping in doorways seeking refuge, they wouldn’t have that luxury. They wouldn’t be so lucky. So we went with one intention. If we could give at the very least one coat to somebody who would benefit it, our evening would have been successful.

And that we did. And we talked to people, each in very different situations to ourselves. And you could say that they got something from our ‘little outing’ tonight. And you’d be right. But we got something too. We got the chance to meet genuine and lovely people, who spoke to us openly and who took our offering as kindness, not pity. It was at times upsetting when we approached people, as they cowered, head down, seemingly expecting harassment of some kind. Or the countless times we tried to get their attention because they clearly believed there would be no reason at all that we would want to talk to them. As we headed home we all believed that we got far more from them than they did from us.

Tonight we realised that homelessness can happen for many many reasons. So look around you. Homelessness is everywhere. It’s sat next to you on the bus, it’s ordering a coffee in front of you and walking beside you in the street. And it can effect anyone at any time.

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So to those who donated, we echo our earlier blog when we say thank you. You made a difference. Tonight somebody will sleep a little warmer, maybe even feel a little safer just to be snuggled up that bit more.

Tonight you wrapped someone in love. Feel good?

If you’d like to donate please contact projectwintercoat@outlook.com or find us on facebook at project winter coat