TODOS distribution van!

A Charities project London, United Kingdom

TODOS distribution van!

We would like to raise funds for a van to allow us to carry more essential goods to distribute directly to the homeless!

They did it!


On 4th Feb 2016 we successfully raised

£170

with

8 backers

in

56 days


We would like to raise funds for a van to allow us to carry more essential goods to distribute directly to the homeless. I currently have a small car which limits the amount I can carry at one time thus capping those I can help. This would be a huge step in effeciency and levels of service! 

 

Our story can be read below :) 

 

Early last year, after finishing work on Brick Lane, Shoreditch, me and my brother made our way to the infamous bagel shop for a culinary treat. Exiting the shop, we were met by a group of people, who clearly had very little and needed some help. All we had was a little change, but handed it over nonetheless. Such a small gesture was met with monumental gratitude and appreciation.
This became a small theme in our week; venturing into London, driving around looking for someone who looked in need, and seeing what we could do. We began putting we what called ‘care packages’ together; food & drink, toothbrushes/ mouthwash, socks & gloves – cigarettes if desired. Where possible, we’d sit down and speak to these people, ask them how they felt and about the struggle they face daily. The most ominous thing would be the fact that, for most, there was no way out. We were often told:
‘I never used to drink, but now I feel like it’s all I can do to get out of this’.

A lot of us (used to include myself) are way too quick to judge people when we see them drinking on the streets.

We don’t know their story. The fact remains- they’re still people, like us, and deserve to be happy. Jon and I met this guy once, his name incidentally was Billy. He was sitting outside a pub on Upper Street with a friend, reading a Karl Pilkington book. We approached him and offered him one of the care packages we’d put together. Needless to say, he was over the moon, and even more charmed that we’d taken the time to sit down and let him tell us his story –
“It’s nice to see I've not completely been forgotten and people still care.”

Billy used to own his own business, and after some misfortune now lived on the streets. He didn't want to go to shelters because they were dirty and ‘full of tramps’. He went on to talk about big dreams and aspirations; which quite frankly, in our shoes, sounded like pipe dreams as it’s almost impossible to see how he’s going to turn his life around; especially with no postal address or capital. He doesn't see himself as a tramp; hence the pride of not wanting to live in dirtied surroundings, although I questioned how living on the streets was any better. He argued that there was less disease if you choose a ‘clean’ place to stay. It’s hard to put it into context when you’re not in that position.

The point is, there are thousands of people in London in Billy’s position. We’re not going to change their lives long term (not yet), but short term we can make them smile and feel some sort of content in their lives. No matter their position or their addiction, they have the right to be happy and aspire to have a better life.
We would love to go on giving every night we can; to whomever we feel needs it. However, our own resources are limited. Therefore we have started Todos in the hope that we can raise awareness, money and helping-hands to do what we can. Even if you don’t choose to help through or with us, do it in your own way.

One selfless act a week could brighten up 52 lives each a year.

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Ultimately, we want to turn this a registered charity- however with myself (Billy) still studying, and trying to work at the same time, finding the time to meet all the paper work needs are difficult - especially for someone with no experience in this.

So for now, we're asking for donations of socks, jumpers, sleeping bags, hats, scarves (NEW STUFF ONLY PLEASE) etc, and financial donations where possible to be able to supply 'care packages' of food, drink and hygiene products, and also to be able to give money where for shelter where possible.

I have today spoken to James at James Whitaker hairdressers in Enfield, who has very kindly offered to be the designated drop off point for any goods or money you are able to give. We will then collect whatever we can and distribute them across London.

James can be found: https://www.facebook.com/jameswhitakerhairdressers

His address is:

82 Lancaster Road
Enfield, Enfield, United Kingdom
020 8362 1515

If you are able to drop things off then that's amazing, but sending stuff is equally as amazing too!

James does wonderful work for charity through his shop, notably the toy collection at Christmas, which he has now been doing for four years.

We are new to all of this, so please go easy - any information, help or suggestions are always welcomed.

williamcstock@gmail.com
07739091380

Thanks

Billy & Jon