Club | 31/03/2020

Support in the Corona-Crisis

FC hand out help to the homeless

1. FC Köln have extended their support for those in need during the Coronavirus crisis. Twice a week, FC employees will hand out food and hygiene products to homeless people in Köln.

Coronavirus has changed the daily lives of everyone, and homeless people are especially effected by the pandemic. Not only because many of them belong to the risk groups, but also because there are very few people out and about who are on the streets to hand over some spare change. The shops and business are also almost all closed, meaning nowhere to keep warm. 1. FC Köln want to help the homeless, and a further action began on Monday.

The 150 care packages contain water, fruit and other foods, as well as hygiene products like disinfectant wipes, shower gel and disposable gloves. Each will also have an information flyer, detailing the most important tips during the Coronavirus time. After packing at Geißbockheim, the employees head to the Kölner Rheinauhafen and Restaurant Ox & Klee, who also provide 150 warm lunches. It’s then a short trip to Neumarkt where, along with the help of “Friends of the Kölner streets and their people”, the packages are handed out. They know the homeless and their usual spots, enabling the FC employees to distribute the food to those who need it. 

Daniel, 30, is a born-and-bred Kölner, an FC fan who is happy to see help at Breslauer Platz. He tucks into the chicken curry with rice. “It tastes very good. Without help like this, it would be very difficult for us at the moment to get enough food.” It is one of many cases which highlights the need for such actions. While the food and hygiene products are important, the chance to talk to someone is also something that instantly brightens their day. 

1000 packages in seven days

After three-and-a-half hours in the city, all the care packages have been handed out and the FC employees head back to Geißbockheim. There, they talk about their day and are appreciative responses and the applause that they received from passers-by at a supermarket. David Hufer, who works in the service team, was especially moved: “There are a few who didn’t want to take the care packages. They said that we should head around the corner and give it to people who need it even more than them.”

The beginning of the help for homeless people, which should now take place twice a week, was made on Friday. Luka Marquardt leads and organises the project for the 1. FC Köln foundation. He’s pleased about the progress: “It keeps getting better. We’re happy to be able to play our part in helping lots of people in our city in this crisis. The reactions of the people on the street show how much it means to them. We hope this can be the catalyst for other people to help others at this tough time.” 

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