An­other side of Christ­mas

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

The count­down has be­gun to Christ­mas Day and while I do love this time of year, I of­ten find my­self sad­dened when I am re­minded of all the young kids who will be alone without any­one to care for them this Christ­mas.

Every year there are many kids who spend their Christ­mas Day on the streets — they don’t have a home to go to let alone presents or a hot meal. Our home­less youth are re­minded at Christ­mas of what they don’t have but it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you ask some of the kids who Youth Off The Streets works with what they want for Christ­mas, it won’t be a new bike or the lat­est game. They will ask for some­where safe to sleep. Some­one to talk to. A hot meal. A shower. Those lit­tle things that make you feel loved and wanted.

This year I’ll be hand­ing out hun­dreds of ham­pers and presents across Aus­tralia to fam­i­lies who need it. Our Koch Cen­tre for Youth and Learn­ing is also hold­ing a com­mu­nity din­ner on Christ­mas Eve to show our sup­port to the peo­ple we work with.

This Christ­mas, when you are open­ing presents or hav­ing a nice meal with loved ones, I hope you can spare a thought for those who will not have a day like yours.

I hope ev­ery­one has a won­der­ful Christ­mas and New Year. Fa­ther Chris Ri­ley CEO, Founder at Youth Off The Streets

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