A KIND-HEARTED woman who donated food and gifts to help young people being supported by a homeless charity for the past decade has been thanked.
Karen Brown. from Solihull, has been named at St Basils Supporter Of The Month for her selfless acts over the years.
The charity say every Christmas, Karen provides the Christmas dinner and chocolates for the festive day, as well as other donations that can be used for gifts for its young people.
But it’s not just a festive tradition for Karen as she and her mum also take food donations and other items they think would be useful for young people through their journey with St Basils.
Speaking to St Basils Karen said: “I was interested in finding a local charity when we returned to the area in 2011, and liked the idea of a purely local charity.
“I had two children of 9 and 11 at the time, and couldn’t believe the reality of young homeless adults/teenagers on our doorstep. We take being clothed, fed and somewhere safe to stay for granted.
“All the people I have encountered have been so friendly, welcoming and grateful for any help.
“It is truly inspiring to work with and see the development of some of the residents that become part of the St Basils community.
“I think it is an amazing local charity with inspirational residents and staff.”
As well as donating and showing care for young people, Karen also doubles as a friendly, welcomed face to our Solihull staff, who look forward to seeing her.
Jula Brady, the youth services manager at St Basils who has worked closely with Karen over the years, said: “Without Karen and her Mom, I simply don’t know where we would be.”