Homeless people often go without the basic necessities most people take for granted. In the struggle to find food and a safe place to sleep, they find it difficult to acquire basic items such as soap, deodorant, and toothbrushes.
It’s heartbreaking to know that rarely do homeless people receive the hygiene supplies necessary to maintain their health and confidence. And yet, access to basic personal supplies can give vulnerable homeless a greater sense of self and a brighter outlook on life despite their current living arrangements.
Homeless Heroes Aid is running a ‘Basic Needs Campaign’ where we encourage donors to purchase a Kit for a vulnerable homeless person which is handed directly to a homeless man or woman on your behalf. In addition for each 1 Kit purchased online by a donor, Homeless Heroes Aid will distribute 2 Kits matching the individual’s donation.
If you would like to support this campaign, please purchase a ‘Basic Needs Kit’ online here. By giving these basic supplies to the homeless, you can help them avoid physical and dental health problems. Perhaps even more importantly, you can help them retain their dignity during the most trying time in their lives.
Sarah said it was a risky situation to be her mid-50s and homeless. She had managed to keep her homelessness a secret from classmates at colleague where she was studying for a seamstress qualification. Sarah kept up appearances by sneaking into public restrooms to bathe stating ‘just because I was homeless didn’t mean I had to look it’. ‘Surviving kicks in. I have to eat. I have to find somewhere safe to sleep. Whatever clothes I have need cleaning, I have to find a place to wash them,” she added. ‘Those three years on the streets of London felt like three decades.’ “A cup of water when I was homeless meant that I could bathe,” Richey said. “Clippers meant that I could look presentable. I thought about survival on the streets. Now … I’m cool.”
At Homeless Heroes Aid, we believe everything in our Basic Needs Kits will allow someone to survive where they stand. Included in the Kits is toiletries, basic hygiene tools, things to keep them warm and things to keep them dry. Specifically, we ensure each Kit (contained in a gallon-sized, rainproof zip-lock bag) includes:
- Disposable razors
- Chap stick
- Travel deodorant
- Body wash
- Travel size Moisturizer
- Folding travel toothbrushes
- Travel toothpaste
- Wet wipes
- Socks & gloves & hat