52 Lives

#262 Homeless children

Request: New coats and underwear / Donations / Kind messages

This week, we’d like to provide warm coats and new underwear for some children in need of help.

Last year, we worked with the Magpie Project in Newham to supply warm winter clothes for dozens of babies and toddlers. With your help, we’d like to provide them again this year, before the cold weather hits.

The families we’ll be helping all have children under 5 and are living in temporary accommodation, usually a mixture of hostels or tiny rooms in houses shared with complete strangers. Last year I volunteered with the Magpie Project for a day and was shocked by what I saw and heard ... there were so many children in serious need of help. The charity provides a safe haven for families in crisis - somewhere they can go to feel safe and supported, with no judgement or fear. They provide basic essentials for the children, hot lunches, as well as access to a range of mini-music and arts classes, and visits from specialists who work in child development, housing and immigration to give the mums the advice they need. They want to help ensure that the children’s long-term well-being is not affected by this period of homelessness.

They receive clothing donations throughout the year, but at the moment they are very short on donations of good quality coats, and are also in need of new packs of underwear for the children.

With your help, we’d like to provide new coats and underwear for all of the children before the cold weather hits.

What We Need

1. Coats and underwear from our wishlist: We've set up an Amazon wishlist filled with the items they need. To buy something from the wishlist, please click the link below. You will be taken to Amazon, where you can choose something from the list and it will be sent directly to the Magpie Project to distribute to the children (don't forget to sign up to Amazon Smile and select 52 Lives as your chosen charity!)

2. Donations: We will use 100% of your donation to buy more clothing and goods for the children. To make a donation, please click the link below or text the number shown below. 

3. Kind Messages: Along with coats and underwear, we'd also like to send kind message to the children and families we're helping, to let them know they are not alone. Please either post your message to 52 Lives (Life # 262), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT, or email by writing in the form below (your contact details will not be passed along).

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What We Did

More than 50 children were given brand new warm coats and packets of underwear thanks to our supporters! Their generous donations also meant we were also able to buy school uniforms for those who needed them.

Being warm, and being able to go to school without the worry of not having the right clothes means more to these kids than you can imagine. It's also one less thing their parents have to worry about.

I wish we could share this child's smiling face ... but just imagine one very happy boy underneath these pixels!

Thank you to everyone who helped, and thank you to The Magpie Project for helping us reach those most in need.