Shelter from the Cold
Cold. Freezing cold. An unforgiving wind, finger tips painfully numb, teeth chattering.
The temperature had dropped to -9 degrees Celsius (16 degrees Fahrenheit).
With the wind chill, it felt worse.
Now imagine that feeling suspended in time, while you’re hungry and living on the streets.
The recent cold snap in Europe was in large part inescapable and, in some cases, life threatening.
Across the continent, efforts were mobilizing to lend a helping hand to the homeless—to offer a place of refuge from the crippling cold. Samu Social, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless in Belgium, worked tirelessly to open a new homeless shelter in the capital city.
Once the shelter had opened, however, supplies were urgently needed to make the residence operational. When the NGO turned to FedEx for donations of clothing, baby food, shoes and bed linens, the call for action was met with earnestness—more than 360 kg of goods were collected across our work locations in Belgium. Our NGO partner in Germany, Human Plus, also kindly donated 40 mattresses which we delivered for free to Samu Social.
Looking back, it was a tough week; one in which the harsh weather added a layer of unfriendliness.
And yet, knowing that at least 40 more people had somewhere to rest offered a sense of warmth and comfort even the hostile weather couldn’t dissipate.