Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas day 2012 volunteering at the Whitechapel Mission

I spent a lot of time on the floor today, meeting, greeting and seeing to the visitors. The experience was once again an eye opener. I met someone I knew from years back who had been drug free for six months. He spoke about his Mother's recent passing and of how she had left a substantial amount of money for him to pay for an opiate blocking implant as well as a detox programme. He added that the Mission provided him with a non judgemental place to meet and chill with friends, as well as providing a safe environment that would protect him from delving back into his past. He's now seeking paid work for the first time in 17 years. It was touching stuff.

A hearty full English breakfast was served up and all who came received toiletries, hot drinks and a present to send them happily away. There was also cake and Biriani to take away courtesy of a generous donor.

A TV camera turned up impromptu and I had to answer a few quick questions. I said the best thing about the Whitechapel Mission was the fact that it had been established since 1876 and had been helping the needy regardless of their faiths and backgrounds. I think that sums it up pretty well.

Please do try and support the fantastic work of Tony and Sue Miller - www.whitechapel.org.uk

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