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Three ways you can help homeless people this Christmas

Here's how to make a difference

It’s dark, cold and dangerous for people sleeping rough. As the long nights draw in, so does the prospect of a sleepless night due to freezing temperatures, wet sleeping bags and increased illnesses.

Many of us want to help homeless people, especially during this festive season, but aren't sure what to do. Thankfully, there are some effective ways to make a difference.

1. Donate to our urgent Christmas appeal

By donating you could be helping...

  • to make sure there are enough Porchlight staff and volunteers on the streets. They are out in all weathers, supporting people who are sleeping rough and helping them find the right support and shelter.
  • to keep our helpline running. Our helpline - the only one of its kind in Kent - is a lifeline for people with nowhere else to turn. It provides support for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming so.
  • someone moving with a pack of essentials to make a place feel like a home. After the trauma of homelessness we help people feel as safe and secure as possible in their new home

Donate now

2. Tell us

If you know about someone who is homeless, tell us by calling 0800 567 7699 or let us know via Porchlight's website. Our street team will use your information to find people you see who are sleeping rough and give them the support they need.

Tell us

3. Buy a hot drink or food

Offering a comforting drink or food to someone who is homeless is a kind gesture that might be the only source of warmth they have for the night. It also lets someone know that they haven't been forgotten.