Winter is an especially difficult time of the year for the homeless in the UK. This year, COVID-19 has exacerbated the hardships of winter, leaving the homeless struggling for both shelter and food, and ultimately survival.
Three young Dawoodi Bohra boys from London: Juzer, Mohammed and Taher have participated in the Royal British Legion’s Shoebox Appeal. The British Legion is a community organisation that provides shelter and hot meals for the homeless during the year, but especially during Christmas.
Juzer, Mohammed and Taher spent their weekend shopping and preparing their packs using their own spending money to participate in the shoebox appeal by creating gift bags for the homeless. Their packs contained soup packets (as hot water can be acquired from many fast-food eateries), gloves, hats, socks, heat packs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, biscuits and instant noodles. The boys’ packs will be distributed within Slough and its surrounding areas and will contribute to Cippenham’s goal of providing 100 packs to the homeless in Slough and its surrounding areas.
For generations, Dawoodi Bohras have been taught the importance of being generous to the needy, and today we are proud to see our youngest generation stepping up to make a difference in their community and help those who need it the most.