It's always wonderful to hear that one of our homeless friends is off the streets and into a home. Michelle's outreach programme is aptly named Off The Streets - of course the ultimate aim is always to get rough sleepers off the streets and into permanent accommodation. However, the struggle does not end with moving into permanent accommodation.
We're introducing a new toiletries Pic 'n' Mix bucket at our food stations. Homeless people often request small bottles of toiletries, and this is an often overlooked necessity for them. Homeless people have nowhere to store items and have to carry their belongings with them everywhere, so we will be providing travel and trial sized bottles wherever possible. Each item should last at least a couple of weeks, and they can pick up new items when they visit our breakfast stations.
Dog care has always been of huge importance to Breakfast In A Bag founder Michelle, and through her outreach project Off The Streets London Michelle has become has become known as someone who likes to care for the street dogs that so many of our homeless friends have as pets. Throughout 2017 Breakfast In A Bag will be hosting weekly dog care stations for the dogs living rough on the streets with their homeless owners. Each week homeless dog owners will be able to pick up dry and wet dog food, treats, Dentastix, collars, leads, blankets, coats and more.
We love it when a plan comes together, and it came together well at the BIAB Christmas party in Westminster on the 16th December! In our last Christmas update here we brought you up to date with all the preparations for our Christmas plans, and we're now long overdue to let you know what happened next
13 year old Joe got into the Christmas spirit with our homeless friends, and he wants to share with you this message...
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"A summary of why I feel Breakfast In A Bag, and our help to and empathy of the homeless is so important", by an anonymous supporter. We are all only a few weeks away from homelessness and living on the streets. One #BIAB supporter shares their story of how easily they found themselves facing life on the streets.
For many people living on the streets a dog can act as a warning system, a protector and, most importantly, as a friend and companion. We know first hand how much love and comfort our homeless friends get from their animals and we often hear about the sacrifices they make to ensure that their pets are fed as best they can. So a huge thanks to Purina - who have donated a pallet of dog food to Breakfast In A Bag for the street dogs sleeping rough with their homeless owners - we can ensure that both pet and owner get a tasty meal.
Nisbets Cater for Breakfast In A Bag's Needs! Nisbets Catering Equipment, who are the recognized leading providers in the UK, have been kind enough to give us £100 vouchers to spend on catering equipment from them! The vouchers enable us to buy specific equipment we require, when we require it. This is a really useful donation as it allows us to respond to our most urgent requirements straight away providing much needed help where (and how) it is needed the most. Nisbets Catering Equipment are open to both trade and the public, and they offer low price AND satisfaction guarantees. Established in 1983 on [...]
What is Christmas without mince pies, plum pudding and Christmas crackers? The Breakfast In A Bag team have two Christmas events to organise for the homeless at Christmas - our Christmas Event on the 16th December and our Christmas morning food station, where we will be serving omelettes, sausages, tomatoes, and hot drinks with Christmas songs and cheer. As always we rely heavily on the generosity of supporters, local business and big brand names to help us to help as many homeless rough sleepers as possible. It's never easy to ask for money or donations and more so at a time when everyone is planning and budgeting for Christmas. But we're not prepared to let our homeless friends down at any time, least of all during the Season of Goodwill, so we have been asking anyway! And what a great response we're having!