They say that everyone is supposed to have their own piece of happiness on the New Year. As sad as it is, there are lots of poor people that cannot afford to celebrate the holiday in a proper way. And good as it is, to the contrary there are lots of kind people that are striving to help their needy counterparts. A week ago, while many Muscovites were fast to do all their work on time, bums of the city of Moscow were busy as well. They were bound up in shoveling snow away to make the place where they had a feast clean on time and to manage to catch their piece of happiness on that bright day.
Employees of Moscow social services do not like to use the word “bums” and the term “homeless people” is much more to their liking. So, New Year’s party went in a quite unusual way. At first baths came and only after went the festive part of the holiday. The only ones who helped to shovel snow were admitted. And the drunken ones were not allowed to participate in the feast.
When strict voice of an overseer sounded and asked to register all their belongings, some of those people started fishing out IDs and even cell phones out of their pockets. But why? Medical crew explained that social workers helped some of them to retrieve their documents, but nevertheless many of them have no place to come back to. And the minority of them got so used to be on the bum that they just couldn’t live otherwise.
All the clothes went into a special chamber to come back completely sterile in an hour. After the baths, in an adjacent room there were lots of clothes stored especially for those homeless. All the clothing was gathered by different charitable and religious organizations to make these people feel warm and thus happier. Many of clothes are womenswear, but still it will definitely do for one who has no home at all.
The washup is started. All these people being examined by a doctor as many of them need extra medical aid. Some began covering their faces with their hands while they saw a photocamera, some just turn their backs on the photographer, but Little Muk (as his friends call him) decided to pose a bit and started speaking English fluently in an effort to knock the photographer out.
And then, as it was promised, the festive part took its course. Food stamps were given away and all the participants settled them down, perhaps, to most enjoyable, but for sure not the last part of the holiday.
But you will say: no New Year can go without Father Frost and Snow Maiden! And there they are!
P.S. Father Frost and Snow Maiden’s costumes were proudly sewn by homeless people at one of Moscow centres of social adjustment.