Solihull boys deliver support to the homeless for Christmas - The Solihull Observer

Solihull boys deliver support to the homeless for Christmas

Solihull Editorial 9th Dec, 2017 Updated: 9th Dec, 2017   0

THREE boys have delivered care packages to the homeless for Christmas.

Friends Reiss Folarin (11), Charlie Pegg (11), both from Solihull, and Reuben Shaw (13) set about raising money for the homeless after noticing the number of people sleeping rough this winter.

As they were unable to join a registered charity, the boys decided to take matters into their own hands.

They independently raised £225 which they have used to purchase hats, scarves, gloves, rain macs, deodorant, socks and blankets.

They also tried to encourage their friends and family to donate warm and practical clothes.

The boys went to Birmingham city centre last Friday to distribute their early Christmas gifts to 23 different homeless people.

Along with the other provisions, the Morrison’s supermarket on the Coventry Road agreed to donate some food that was also given out by the boys.

The boys said it was a special experience and they expressed an interest in helping more vulnerable people soon.

Reiss said that it made him thankful for what he has at home.

The boys said it taught them not take the things they have for granted.

The homeless crisis has been made a critical issue for many local authorities.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) figures show the number of people sleeping rough in England rose by 134 per cent between 2010 and the end of 2016.


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