Imagine being able to fit all of your possessions into one bag. Then imagine how important these few things would be to you if they were all you had. Now imagine that bag were stolen from you, leaving you with nothing.
This happened to a homeless woman who has been living on the streets in Bournemouth for 3 years. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, had settled for the night in Bournemouth town last Monday evening when a man ran up to her and snatched her rucksack from where she was sitting. In shock, she watched him leave with everything she owned, and then broke down in tears. A man walking on the opposite side of the street, who witnessed the event, endeavoured to chase after the thief but was not successful and was unable to catch up. After speaking to the distressed woman, she explained,
“Everything that I have was in there.
I don’t know what to do now.”
Christmas is a difficult time of the year to be alone for anyone, being surrounded by festivities and families shopping for other family members and friends. For many homeless people, Christmas day will consist of a meal at their local soup kitchen and finding a spot to spend the night, often alone. The victim of the theft stated:
“I already have to sit here by myself and now I don’t have any of my things.”
Many people are extremely grateful around the Christmas period as people are often more generous around this time of year. Organisations such as Hope For Food help homeless people as they run soup kitchen and food banks, enabling people to visit and have a meal and spend some time with others people.