Youth Homelessness: One Simple Gift Can Mean The World
What would it feel like to lose all the possessions that you have? What would it feel like to be left without a home or a place to rest without a shelter from the cold, rain, or wind? The stress, the anxiety, and the fear would be overwhelming.
According to the most recent study done by the U.S. Department of Justice, homelessness is a reality for approximately 1,682,900 homeless youth.
Many of these adolescents often suffer from severe anxiety and depression, and low self-esteem. In a study done on Research, Intervention, and Policy, the rates of major depression, conduct disorder, and post traumatic stress syndrome were found to be 3 times as high among runaway youth as among youth who have not run away.
What if there was a way that we could give to help them physically and mentally. The physical and emotional wellbeing for homeless youth is inextricably bound. What if we could give them a gift that could help boost their confidence and give them more physical comfort?
Here at Operation Warm we have the means to give them such a gift. We can give them a gift of warmth by giving them one of our brand new winter coats, and we can also give them a gift of hope, by reminding them of how valuable they are, despite their present circumstances. One of our brand new coats can be a daily reminder that they are special, and there is someone out there who cares about them in spite of what they are going through. Just the simple gift of a coat from Operation Warm can mean the world.
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