Bringing Christmas cheer to the homeless in 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

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

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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.

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7:20pm Sat 21 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

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 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 !!!!!!!! NO EINSTEIN
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11:20pm Sat 21 Dec 13

darloboss says...

well done I know even in darlington there are more homeless than people think helping others regardless of their background or circumstances make you the salt of the earth
and like the song says I wish it could be christmas everyday
well done I know even in darlington there are more homeless than people think helping others regardless of their background or circumstances make you the salt of the earth and like the song says I wish it could be christmas everyday darloboss
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10:31pm Sun 22 Dec 13

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

A lot of homeless people choose to be homeless. Dont forget that.
A lot of homeless people choose to be homeless. Dont forget that. thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth
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