Report this comment
  • "This is absolutely amazing, and I take my hat off to these people, they are special, amazing, and really do care for their fellow man.

    It just B---s my P--s when we have homeless destitute people in this country through no fault of their own, and then send multi multi millions to Europe and other less courses every week, CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME !!!!!!!!"
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.


  • Enter the above word in the box below

Bringing Christmas cheer to the homeless in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: HELP THEM: Members of Darlington Housing Association have put together shoe boxes with small gifts that can be handed to homeless people in the town. Pictured is Linda Harper (right) handing over one of the boxes to Susan Archer from First Stop Darlington HELP THEM: Members of Darlington Housing Association have put together shoe boxes with small gifts that can be handed to homeless people in the town. Pictured is Linda Harper (right) handing over one of the boxes to Susan Archer from First Stop Darlington

HOMELESS people in Darlington will receive a special Christmas gift this year after dozens of shoe boxes full of surprises were put together.

The generosity came from Darlington Housing Association, which collected 39 shoe boxes full of hats, sweets, toiletries and a special Christmas cracker and card, as well as other little surprises.

Originally, the housing association only planned to create a couple of boxes, but after such high demand they managed to put together 35 boxes for men and four boxes for women.

After approaching First Stop, a drop-in centre for those in need, the shoe boxes will be handed out in the town centre to help bring joy to those who don’t have anywhere to stay this Christmas.

Scheme manager Susan Gray said: “We’re all really surprised and proud at how much we have achieved this year and hopefully we will be able to achieve even more next Christmas.”

As well as putting together the shoe boxes, the housing association went one step further this year when it contacted Calandar Cakes, which has provided a Christmas cake for the day.

Local Businesses

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree