How To Help The Homeless During The Winter

January 18, 2018

Thanks to the bitterly cold temperatures, those who have nowhere else to sleep have to deal with issues such as exposure and hypothermia. Conditions such as these can be extremely fatal for those who are part of the homeless community, as the average age of death for a homeless person currently stands at 47.


Here are some ways in which you can help those affected by homelessness during the winter season.


Recognize the Warning Signs of Hypothermia

Keeping an eye out for the warning signs of hypothermia is certainly an important way to help someone who is homeless during the winter. If you notice any of these symptoms, get help for the affected person immediately:



*Slurred speech

*Breathing that is slow and shallow

*Weakened pulse

*Lack of coordination/clumsiness

*Low energy/drowsiness

*Memory loss/confusion

*Loss of consciousness

*Red, cold skin (mostly in infants)


Donate Your Old Coat

Whether it's going to a thrift store, grocery store where there's a donation barrel, or even giving your old coat directly to a homeless person, donating your old coat is a great way to help ensure that someone who is affected by homelessness stays warm during the winter. It's also better than just leaving it laying or hanging around your home when you have no plans to wear it anymore.


Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter

This is a great option to consider as well, especially if you're someone who has some free time on their hands and have no idea what to do with it. Regardless of how often you may want to help, there are all sorts of opportunities across the country that you can take advantage of in order to help those affected by homelessness.


Buy the Homeless Person Something Hot to Eat or Drink

Something as simple as this, if you feel comfortable doing so, will not only make sure that they don't go hungry, but also works as a wonderful act of kindness. Any amount of human contact, especially towards those who are less fortunate than you, can make a great amount of difference.


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