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Young People at Kibble Show the Spirit of Christmas

Shoe Boxes for Homeless


Two young people from North (residential care house) are selflessly giving up their Christmas night and heading out to deliver essential items and some festive cheer to homeless people across Glasgow and Paisley.

The two boys, alongside child and youth care worker Craig Martin, launched an appeal at the beginning of the month that encouraged Kibble staff to donate items that will be packed into shoe boxes and gifted to homeless people on Christmas night. The boys asked staff to bring in warm items such as hats and gloves, snacks like cereal bars and chocolates, and toiletries.

The boys have been sorting through the donated items and packing them into shoe boxes. Thanks to a massive response from Kibble staff, the youngsters have been able to make up 15 male and 15 female shoe boxes which have been wrapped in festive Christmas paper with support from the admin team. The boys have also been able to fill large bags with food donations, various toiletries and other items that will be handed out in addition to the shoe boxes on Christmas night.

The young people wanted to spend their Christmas doing something meaningful and helping those who are less fortunate, and so the shoe box appeal idea was born. After they enjoy their Christmas dinner on Monday, the two boys, along with Craig, will head out to Paisley and Glasgow to deliver the filled and wrapped shoe boxes to people sleeping rough throughout the city.

The team are extremely proud of these young people for getting involved in such a worthwhile appeal, and for collecting an incredible number of essential items for homeless people bracing the cold weather this Christmas. Jim Crawford, executive director of Kibble’s residential services said:

“The young people involved in the shoe box appeal are a credit to Kibble. Giving is not just about making a donation. It’s about making a difference. Merry Christmas to all who need support at this time.”

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