It’s really easy in the month of December to get consumed with buying presents and getting tipsy at Christmas parties. I’ve got to be honest, last year I had lots of good intentions of volunteering somewhere but got distracted by the Christmas beer. Uh, I mean cheer!
Anyway, I’m trying to make up for it where I can this year, so today I was up early and headed down to the American International Church in Tottenham Court Road to lend a hand at the soup kitchen. I haven’t ever volunteered during the festive period and I thought it would be nice way to kick it off.
All of the volunteers were super friendly, Alex (director of the charity) and Micheal (head chef and grandad) made everyone feel at home and delegated wonderfully. For a volunteer, helping out at the soup kitchen is not a difficult job; doing a little bit of food prep, dishing out food and having a natter with who ever has popped in that wants to chat. I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.
I know some people can be intimidated by the homeless but they’re just people like you and I, who happen to be in a bad spot, usually with a pretty deep story as to why they’re there. The people that wanted to talk to me were all so interesting with great stories, and damn good taste in music. We were singing along with Oasis, The Eagles and Roger Waters, to name but a few! Within my group of friends, I'm regularly attributed with having an almost offensive singing voice, but yep, I was singing! And at least one person thought I was good, thanks Linda!
Alternatively, it’s getting blinking chilly out there folks, and the guys are always in need of clothing donations, especially men’s clothes. Unfortunately, they do not take ‘walk-in’ donated items however, so please contact Alexander to make delivery arrangements before dropping anything off. In addition, they are always in need of the items from their wish list: The Soup Kitchen Wishlist, 2017.
Alex is trying to raise enough money to get a mental health professional available on sight which is such a great idea and could be life changing for some of the visitors, please help them out and make any donation you can via their just giving page.
I’m heading off on location this weekend, but I’ll be back in at the soup kitchen in January and hope to see some of you there! If you’ve been thinking about giving some time all I can say is: do it! You won’t regret it. You can drop them an email at soupkitchendirector [at] hotmail.com, and find them at the American International Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD.
Spread the love during the festive period folks! X