Charlie’s Christmas Charity: Spreading Holiday Cheer to York’s Homeless with Hampers
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Charlie’s Christmas Charity: Spreading Holiday Cheer to York’s Homeless with Hampers

A lady wrapped in a collection of blankets rests in a York city store front. Charlie Malarkey from the Salvation Army is happy to greet her, giving her a Christmas hamper with chocolates and crisps, as well as a scarf. Annual funding is currently halted, but Charlie is committed to delivering essentials. His grounds are now funded by the Salvation Army itself. He spends multiple mornings in York meeting with rough sleepers and delivering gifts from the community. Christmas is particularly hard for rough sleepers, besides the cold weather it’s hard because of the loneliness. Every morning he fears he will find someone frozen. These supplies and Christmas cards are crucial to remind the homeless that they have not been forgotten. Rebecca at 48 has been a rough sleeper since her mother died. She believes it’s difficult to live on the streets; she takes it day by day. Charlie has given Christmas hampers to groups in York, receiving good feedback from recipients.