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Veterans Charity Aims To Brighten Christmas For The Vulnerable

Fares4Free is working with other charities to give out food and gifts for people in need across Scotland.

A veterans charity is working alongside other organisations to help spread Christmas cheer to vulnerable people in Scotland.

Fares4Free has joined forces with homeless charities Social Bite and the Lodging House Mission to give out vital food and gifts.

One of Fares4Free’s drivers, David Owens, said: "A lot of these guys are very vulnerable and this is just a way of getting some food to them and some Christmas cheer, I suppose, especially veterans that have any kids or anything like that.

"For a lot of the kids [at] Christmas, it’s good that they get some gifts and we’ve got books... and clothing, it makes a difference to the kids."

Social Bite is one of Scotland’s most prominent homeless charities.

Its staff have been busy collecting and sorting food and gifts to be given to those in need across the country.

Barbara Haig from the charity told Forces News: "A lot of these veterans are really special. I want them to feel special, to show that we care and I think there’s no better time to do that than Christmas."

For one member of the team, it is a cause close to his heart.

Fares4Free has joined forces with homeless charities Social Bite and the Lodging House Mission to give out vital food and gifts.

Joe Burke, who served in the Army for 22 years before working for Social Bite, said: "You meet a lot of pals, you meet a lot of people and a lot of them do fall on kind of hard times.

"It’s good to know that we’re providing something for everybody as well as, obviously, the ex-soldiers or military personnel."

The kitchen team at the Lodging House Mission in Glasgow has been preparing microwaveable Christmas meals.

In normal times, they would be getting ready to host their annual Christmas dinner for homeless people from around the city.

The current restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic mean the team is instead delivering food to homeless hostels, working with Fares4Free to ensure everyone can enjoy a Christmas dinner.

Fares4Free founder David Gibson said: "That safety net is so important, and that’s what Social Bite, Lodging House Mission, and these other charities are bringing to this situation."