Homeless Santa: Top Ten Gifts this Holiday Season

The homeless can always use help, but winters are especially hard. So here’s a list of things that are easy and inexpensive and can make a big difference for someone trying to stay warm and dry out there.

  1. Not waiting until Thanksgiving or Christmas to give something. It’s cold right now.
  2. Duct tape. There’s nothing you can’t fix with duct tape: shoes, leaky tarps, tears in clothes, bags, sleeping bags . . .
  3. Your old sleeping bags.
  4. Tarps keep out the rain and the wind. For under $6.- at Wal-Mart, you can get an 8×10 ft tarp. The homeless I’ve talked to prefer brown or green–good camouflage.
  5. Warm socks. When shopping for yourself, pick up a three-pack and hand them out to three homeless people.
  6. Fleece sweaters. A few bucks at Goodwill.
  7. Fleece-lined pants, also a few bucks at Goodwill.
  8. Wind-tight coats, a few bucks . . . well, you get the picture.
  9. Idem gloves, scarfs and wool caps.
  10. Got fleece throws coming out your ears? Fold one double and sew up one of the short ends and the long side and Hey Presto, you have a fleece sleeping bag liner that will help keep a homeless person nice and toasty. Or, if you’re not into sewing, Wal-Mart has fleece sleeping bags for about $10.-

So go through your closets and go to some Goodwills. Have your gifts at arm’s reach in your car, ready to pleasantly surprise someone.

4 responses to “Homeless Santa: Top Ten Gifts this Holiday Season

  1. Lovely ideas, Barbara.


  2. Sounds like a perfect plan for early ‘Santa’s’ 🙂


  3. My daughter recently accompanied some med personnel to a homeless camp. She enjoyed the experience and came away w a great respect for the people others are so quick to criticize. Now she knows why I frequently check in w the groups and leave supplies.


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