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Redditch mum beams with pride as daughter donates to rough sleepers

Harry Leach 28th Nov, 2019 Updated: 28th Nov, 2019

A REDDITCH mum is beaming with pride after her nine-year-old daughter took it upon herself to donate bags of clothes to rough sleepers.

Walkwood C Of E Middle School pupil, Isabelle Smith, noted several people sleeping on the street when she visited Birmingham with her mum Claire Boot.

Upset with what she had seen, Isabelle returned home and began putting together what she called ‘care packages’ to help the homeless combat the cold.

The good Samaritan asked family members and friends to donate blankets, pillows, jumpers, socks, gloves, hats, scarfs, t-shirts and anything else they could find to provide warmth.

After also raiding the family loft to make sure each care package was level, or as she put it – ‘fair’ – Isabelle successfully filled five bags to the brim.

Claire said: “Two weeks passed before she was ready to deliver her packages.

“When Isabelle returned home from school I asked if she was sure she wanted to go as it was so cold outside and her response was – ‘this is why we need to do it today’.

“We jumped on the train to Birmingham where we spent two hours locating people on the streets.

“One homeless man was so moved by her kind act that he took out a small angel broach and gave it to her.

“What I find most astonishing is that she doesn’t even realise how selfless and wonderful she has been. I’m so proud.”

Isabelle has vowed to continue donating to the homeless and had already started organising her next drop-off.

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