A local charity is helping dozens of homeless teenagers have a merrier Christmas.
Help for Kids, based in Dundee, is working in conjunction with Action for Children to ensure that 39 homeless young adults aged between 16-25 have a gift to wake up to on Christmas Day.
Stacey Wallace, charity manager for Help for Kids, told the Tele: “This is the first time we have worked with Action for Children.
“They got in touch with us asking for help to ensure homeless young people in Dundee received gifts on Christmas Day. We usually only focus on kids aged up to 18 unless there are special circumstances.
“However, when I heard of the number of 16-25 year olds who were homeless in Dundee, I just knew if we could help them all we definitely would — not just those under 18.”
Help for Kids has received a number of donations following appeals on radio station Wave 102 and through businesses and individuals who regularly help out with the annual toy appeal.
One kind-hearted Dundonian even donated 16 gift-filled Christmas stockings for each of the young females who do not have permanent homes in Dundee.
Stacey said: “We have one anonymous man who donates frequently. He heard about our new appeal for the gifts and brought in 10 Christmas stockings filled with make up, deodorant, toothbrushes and other items for females.
“When I told him there were 16 females we were looking to give gifts to, he made another six stockings.”
Although Help for Kids primarily focuses on its Toy Appeal, Stacey thinks helping Action for Children will be a great way to raise awareness of how many young people are homeless.
Derek Hart, team manager at Action for Children, said: “We are very touched by this donation to those supported by our youth housing service. Across Dundee, this project works with young adults who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
“For many of them, Christmas is a particularly difficult time owing to, in many cases, them being in their current position due to becoming estranged from parents and families.
“This kind donation, however, will make a big difference to them and will also bring a little bit of festive cheer.”
Help for Kids will be handing over all the donated gifts on December 22 to Action for Children, who will then distribute them to the young people.