When we started advertising our intent to host a Christmas "party" for our homeless friends one of our biggest hurdles was providing special Christmas treats in addition to breakfast bags and food stations. One of our supporters recommended we contact The Ultimate Plum Pudding Company, who immediately arranged to donate a whopping 540 delicious plum puddings for our homeless friends to enjoy at our Christmas Event! What a wonderful donation!
Keeping food warm and dry at our static food stations can be a real problem. We want to be able to give our homeless friends hot, comforting food, especially on these cold days! It was a wonderful surprise when Thermo Box UK contacted us offering us one of their fantastic thermal boxes for transporting hot food! Not only that, but we have received heat pads too! These are going to be a tremendous help to us over the winter months ahead.
After the launch of Michelle's Breakfast In A Bag initiative, physical donations from supporters became so plentiful the storage space allocated to Off the Streets London began to run out! So Big and Red self storage donated a second unit, meaning donations of physical items wouldn't need to be reduced! This kind response from Big and Red self storage has relieved a good deal of concern about how and where we would store these much needed essentials our kind and generous supporters are providing, until we distribute them to our homeless friends.
We love it when people get in touch with us. We love hearing from our supporters, who become familiar faces (or avatars/profile pictures!) as we get to know them. The Kaleidoscope KitchenThe Kaleidoscope Kitchen got in touch just after we launched our website, with no hesitation in offering us donations of food. You see, The Kaleidoscope Kitchen are professional events caterers, so they are used to handling A LOT of food, all the time. They cater for indoor and outdoor events such as festivals, festival crew catering, street food markets, private parties, charity events, community events and corporate events.
Remember the date! Friday 16th December 2016 we are hosting a Christmas event for our homeless friends in London. Our Christmas event will be outdoors and will include a Gospel Choir, hats, party food, cakes, sweeties, lots of fun and a few special surprises!
Mindfulness is all about being in the moment. About thinking only of the situation you are in, focussing on your breathing and quieting the random thoughts flitting through your head. Now try to imagine the opposite of mindfulness... when you are sitting on a piece of cardboard in wet clothes, trying to figure out when the rain will stop and where's the best place to try and bed down tonight and whether there's enough in the tin you've been rattling in between juggling to buy you a hot meal. When the last place you want to be is 'in the moment', when everything you desire is to be somewhere else. Somewhere warm, somewhere dry, somewhere safe...
Breakfast in a Bag is delighted that our clients will be able to drink their hot drinks safely because of a generous donation from The Printed Cup Company. On these bitterly cold winter nights, hot drinks are very important and given our limited funds, we have to make choices on what to buy. We have one less thing to think about because of this generous gift. It means more of our money can go on other valuable things.
Modern vending machines can deliver many, many things from hot drinks to sandwiches. But MorVend Vending have delivered a huge load of goodies to Breakfast in a Bag (BIAB). The goodies include lots of sweets which is a real treat for homeless friends. When you have limited money and limited access to resources, sweets are very low down on your priorities. So when they are given as a gift, they do mean a lot.
How can you resist a company called Perkier... what a brilliant name. It makes you smile just saying it. They certainly strive to live up to their name with nutritious, whole foods. Their porridge and bars are abundant in nutrients to provide long lasting energy. But as well as their tasty food, Perkier also have big hearts. They have donated 6 boxes of their delicious, nutritious bars to help fill our Breakfast in a Bag selections. I'm sure they will go down well with our homeless friends! So a big thank you to Perkier from BIAB. You should go try the products for yourself!
As if there isn't enough goodness in Pret A Manger Love Bars, they have also donated several boxes of the bars to Breakfast In A Bag to distribute to homeless people. That is indeed spreading the love! There is a lot of energy and goodness in these bars and we are sure the recipients will be delighted with them! The bars are amazing and if you buy any for yourself, 10p from each one they sell goes to the Pret Foundation Trust.