Nine-year-old girl delivers supplies to rough sleepers

A nine-year-old girl collected socks, gloves, toothbrushes and toiletries and delivered them in backpacks to homeless people.

Kind-hearted Amaarah Mian-Cudmore came up with the idea at Christmas after spotting rough sleepers while at shopping with mum Safoora, 44.

Amaarah, from Bristol, persuaded her school friends to help produce 30 backpacks for rough sleepers at the coldest time of year.

She said: “I thought about it and worked out that each year
group could contribute different things to the packs and with a little effort we
could make a big impact.”

She also put out a plea for any adult shoes, hats, backpacks and sleeping
bags that were unwanted but in good condition.

Her fellow pupils at Redmaids’ High Junior School responded generously and Amaarah busily filled up the packs before joining volunteers from Feed The Homeless Bristol to hand them out.

Mum Safoora said: “The initiative was entirely Amaarah’s own doing and I am
so proud of her and grateful to her classmates and teachers for supporting it so
willingly.”

Naseem Talukdar, CEO of Feed the Homeless Bristol, said: “We are
always pleased to work with young people.

“While they represent 20% of our population, they are 100% of our future, so it is very important to allow them to explore and learn about issues surrounding homelessness which are complex and
challenging.

“We thank Amaarah for taking the initiative and hope she can set a positive
example for others to follow.”

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