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Schoolchildren hand out clothes to homeless people

The children hung scarves on a cathedral's railings for homeless people to use to help them keep warm in the cold temperatures Credit: BPM Media

A group of young schoolchildren have handed out clothes, including scarves with handwritten messages, to homeless people in Birmingham.

The group, who are aged six to eleven from Oasis Academy Short Heath, Erdington, came up with the idea because they wanted to do something to help people in need.

They collected clothes, including jumpers, socks and scarves, and handed them out while talking to homeless people at St Philip's Cathedral in Birmingham yesterday (January 20).

The scarves - which had tags with handwritten messages tied to them that said 'I'm not lost, let me help you' and 'Remember there is always hope' - were hung up on the railings of the cathedral.

They were left for homeless people to use to help them keep warm in the cold temperatures.

The scarves had handwritten messages on tags tied to them Credit: BPM Media

"There had been a frost overnight and the children were saying how cold they were as we waited for the bus."

"A couple asked 'do homeless people really sleep outside at night time?' I think some of them thought they just sat there in the day so it helped them to really understand."

"We saw three homeless people as soon as we got off the bus and a couple of the children wanted to take them things straight away." "They gave them socks and the homeless people were so cold, they could barely speak or get their hands out of their sleeping bags to take the items. I think that really hit home with some of the children."

– Pam Atwal, community leader at the school
The children wanted to do something to help people in need Credit: BPM Media

One of the children also helped to reassure one of her peers when they said they felt scared about going out and meeting homeless people.

April Amakor, aged eight, was part of a group from the school that collected and delivered food parcels to homeless people in 2018, so she had an idea of what to expect.

She said: "You shouldn't be scared, they are just like us and they're going to be really happy to see us with warm scarves and socks."

The children also talked about what they could do to help homeless people next January, with the idea of setting up a table in the city centre to offer hot drinks to people in need.

A police officer also came up to the children and asked to hear about what they were doing.

Pam Atwal said: "They told him they wanted to help homeless people keep warm and he said thank you very much for what you are doing. It was nice that they were able to answer him themselves."

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