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Key Travel gets behind London’s largest Christmas homeless outreach initiative

22 December 2017 15:11

To give back to people who don’t have very much at a crucial time of the year, Key Travel London staff lent their support to a Streets Kitchen St Mungo's partnership - London's largest homeless outreach - by donating basic essentials ‘that keep people alive’.

On Christmas Day, Streets Kitchen - a grassroots organisation of volunteers, supported by Network Rail, will transform a quiet Euston Station into a festive Christmas party for around 200 people experiencing homelessness – hosting a hot Christmas meal and a gift exchange.

To support the mission, we collected and dropped off warm clothes, coats, toiletries, festive gifts, dog food and a tent to aid their Christmas collection at Euston Gardens on Friday 22 December.

A handful of employees met with a team of volunteers, who were mobilised at the tent by Euston station to collect and bag these bare basics for survival for men and women on the streets. The volunteers were very grateful to receive their very first tent of the day from us. 

We also borrowed a few moments with the organiser and founder of the grassroots organisation of volunteers, Jon Glackin, who gave us a bit of an overview of the inspiring initiative.

Jon has been involved in homeless outreach for almost 30 years and set it up about five years ago primarily as an information website, but he's now out almost every day volunteering at the pop-up soup kitchens it advertises.

This BuzzFeed UK article explains more about Jon’s historical work with homelessness and what his long term goal is from running a unique venture like this.

Thank you to all Key Staff who united for such a worthy cause. 

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