My best photo this week drew a lot of views and comments on Facebook. Like a lot of people we have taken full advantage of the snowy weather, throwing it, shaping it, lying in it, and sliding on it. We all went out for some fun, including our pets. But sadly we were having far too much fun to focus on our responsibilities. As we piled back indoors with rosy cheeks and sparkling eyes to burn our throats on steaming mugs of chocolate, we failed to notice that one of our party got left behind, forgotten, outside in the snow. As our laughter steamed up the windows and we remarked on the -5°C on the thermometer, he must have shivered, wondering when we would remember…

We rushed to check on him in the morning, but it was too late:

"when pets die"

On a serious note, when the weather gets so cold that we grumble our way home from school, the first thing we talk about are the people for whom there is no hot chocolate, no centrally-heated home, no hot bubble bath, and no all-season duvet to snuggle under on a freezing night. Nickie’s post about homelessness this week struck a chord, so now’s a good time to spare a thought for those left out in the cold. And look after your pets too…

Update: A friend commented on my Facebook link to this post. She is a kind altruistic person, and she makes a great point – why not find out if you have a similar venture near you?

Tomorrow evening I am going to help prepare and serve meals for the visitors or Centre 33, a day centre offering warm food and showers for the homeless and other people in need in St Albans. They need more volunteers and it’s not a big commitment, it can just be one day a month if you wish.
Centre 33 
 www.centre33.org Centre 33 helps the homeless and disadvantaged people in St Albans.

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