‘Humbled’ volunteers donate winter kits to Ilford’s homeless
PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 January 2016
Volunteers have been handing out rucksacks filled with winter essentials to the homeless during the holiday period.
Sikh Empowerment Voluntary Association’s (SEVA) Jagdeep Singh Sohal, 31, from Ilford, was among those in High Road, Ilford, handing out donated goods, which included scarves, gloves, socks and blankets.
SEVA, which has been distributing food to more than 60 rough sleepers in Ilford once a week since the summer of last year, set out with the help of about 20 volunteers to help put together and distribute 120 rucksacks.
The group plans to deliver remaining bags to rough sleepers in central London.
“We just we wanted to help them through the winter months – and it’s a time of giving,” said Jagdeep.
“It went beyond our expectations – it was quite humbling to see people responding to our appeal, it was very positive.”
Helping to put the rucksacks together were SEVA’s younger volunteers.
“This is our way of giving back and it just makes the kids realise how lucky they are for the things they have,” said Jagdeep.
The volunteer said those who received the essential kits were “very humbled” and “very grateful that we went out of our way”.
“We’re just trying to do our bit,” he said.
“Some of these people were addicted to alcohol and drugs and some of them have improved since we started doing the homeless feeds.
“It’s not just food or clothes we’re giving – we’re building relationships with them and we try and give them the right help if they need it.”
He added: “We have got people on our team, like social workers for example, that want to help out in any way they can.”
Search “Sikh Empowerment Voluntary Association – SEVA” on Facebook to find out more about the group and get involved.
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