Common Law Northern Ireland, the group behind the recent pavement additions, is the same one which caused a media storm last year with their homeless pod, a wooden park bench that doubled as a shelter for rough sleepers and included lights, a padded floor, and FM radio, which was placed in the city’s Jubilee Gardens area.
The idea of the drawers is that they allow passers by to deposit useful and essential items such as warm clothes, soap, toothpaste, and blankets. Those in need are then able to take items from the drawers, giving them the opportunity to access important items without the indignity of having to ask passers-by directly.
The initiative has been widely praised in Northern Ireland, as yet another innovative way for the people of the city to express their well known generosity, however if past events are anything go by, the future of the little boxes of kindness is far from certain. Last year the City Council decided to remove the homeless pod from Jubilee Gardens city due to legitimate, but utterly hard-hearted adherence to ‘health and safety’ legislation.