Kind Alex bids to help home­less

Blan­kets, clothes and cud­dly toys

Strathearn Herald - - INTIMATIONS - Lynn Duke

A Cri­eff boy wants to en­sure home­less peo­ple are given some com­forts this win­ter.

Six-year-old Alex Bray was in­spired to help those in need af­ter see­ing a tele­vi­sion ap­peal.

The P2 Cri­eff Pri­mary pupil has been ask­ing lo­cals to do­nate items of cloth­ing, toi­letries and san­i­tary prod­ucts, blan­kets and food so that he can make up pack­ages to hand out.

Other use­ful items be­ing sought are ruck­sacks and small suit­cases to put the do­na­tions in.

And Alex also thinks ev­ery­one should re­ceive a cud­dly toy.

He told the Her­ald: “I think a teddy bear is also im­por­tant be­cause peo­ple need some­thing to cud­dle up with when they are sleep­ing.

“I think it is good that ev­ery­one has been giv­ing stuff and I think peo­ple should keep giv­ing to help oth­ers get back on their feet.”

Mum and dad Hazel and John are proud of Alex’s ef­forts and the re­sponse from lo­cals.

Hazel said: “We have been in­un­dated with mes­sages from peo­ple who say they are go­ing to do­nate stuff and John Fitzger­ald O’Don­nell from Premier Taxis in Cri­eff has been very kind and gen­er­ously of­fered to do a free pick- up ser­vice for any­one do­nat­ing in Cri­eff.

“A lady has even of­fered Alex a kid’s knit­ting ma­chine so he can make hats and scarfs as well.”

Alex will be go­ing to Glas­gow with his par­ents later this month to hand out his pack­ages to rough sleep­ers per­son­ally.

The rest are be­ing given to Churches Ac­tion for the Home­less ( CATH) for dis­tri­bu­tion in Perth.

Ron­ald Hogg from CATH said: “It’s al­ways won­der­ful to hear peo­ple get­ting in­volved in sup­port­ing the home­less.

“This is a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive Alex has started and it looks to have gath­ered a lot of lo­cal sup­port.

“Peo­ple mostly think of rough sleep­ers when they think of home­less­ness but that’s just part of the is­sue.

“In­di­vid­u­als in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion, in hos­tels, sofa surf­ing, etc, are still in the cy­cle of home­less­ness and need just as much sup­port to move for­ward.

“We sup­port in­di­vid­u­als who are home­less or at risk of home­less­ness. Although Perth has a sig­nif­i­cant home­less pop­u­la­tion, we don’t have such a vis­i­ble rough sleep­ing pop­u­la­tion.

“These boxes will be ex­tremely wel­comed by the re­cip­i­ents as they in­clude many es­sen­tial items that are some­times at the bot­tom of the list when you are strug­gling fi­nan­cially.

“Well done, Alex. Bril­liant job.”

To do­nate items con­tact Hazel Bray via Face­book or call 07462067302.

Col­lect­ing Alex Bray

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