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24th May, 2022

Solihull woman shares Be Kind message with acts of kindness

Sarah Mason 29th Jul, 2021 Updated: 4th Aug, 2021

A SOLIHULL woman, who was part of the teamed who created Hampers For Heroes is now helping families in need across Birmingham.

While creating hampers to say thank you to the NHS heroes on the front line of the Covid crisis Yasmin Paulson was inspired to set up another project helping those in real need.

Last June she, with help from five other volunteers, set up Be Kind which provides food and toiletries to those who use food banks, women’s refuges and the homeless in Birmingham.

Yasmin says the work carried out by Be Kind is predominantly funded by the donations raised by her sister, Sophia Mammoojee.

They also work with Who Is Hussain charity in Birmingham to hand out non-perishable foods and toiletries to the homeless community and people in need.

While carrying out the work with the charity Be Kind also handed out ice cream to service users during the recent hot weather.

The group have also been handed donations from the public Solihull’s St Alphege Rotary Club and Morrisons in Acocks Green.

Yasmin said: “I have seen for myself the difficulties the people using these services are experiencing.

“People may be poor and have very little money or no money, but they do have feelings and we believe they should be treated with dignity and kindness.

“Not wanting to just serve essentials to our service users, we strive to give the very best we can. We aim to be the John Lewis of food banks in the charity world.

“We work hard to offer some of the luxuries we enjoy and take for granted, e.g. ice cream and strawberries to our service users.”

She now has more than 24 volunteers on board with an extra 21 on hand who can be called on to provide specific help when needed.

Yasmin added: “They are an exceptionally talented group of individuals, all with different skills and qualities.

“For example, they include the Be Kind catering fairies who supply and cook foods for women’s refuges.

“Together they are like a finely tuned orchestra, they work beautifully together.

“I feel honoured to be the person who thought the world needs more music, conducting them turns out to be my fulfilment.”

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