The spirit of caring and generosity of giving at Christmas is being brought home by the efforts of one former Levenmouth man.
Steven Tyrie is going to two of Scotland’s major cities to bring a little festive cheer to a group of people he cares very strongly about – the home- less.
Steven (30) will be visiting Edinburgh and Glasgow on December 20 – the Saturday before Christmas – to distribute presents to those who could be spending the season of goodwill without a roof over their heads.
He has set up a Gofundme page and is requesting support from anyone who wishes to help, by donating or possibly joining him on the day.
Steven stressed anyone was welcome to donate until December 13 and he could also arrange to collect the presents from them by calling at their homes the following day.
Steven, an asbestos surveyor, who lives in Stirling, stayed in Kennoway and Leven and went to Kirkland High School during his time in Levenmouth.
Normally once a month, he tries to buy lunches for homeless people or help them in some other way, but this was a special gesture he’d thought of for the time of year.
“It just gets to me,” he said. “Working in cities, I see it a lot, and to me it’s unbearable.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous in this day and age – we send satellite probes to asteroids miles and miles away but we can’t sort out our homeless problem.”
It was also important not to judge homeless people too harshly or leap to conclusions about how they got there, added Steven.
“They are all human,” he added.
“There’s a wide variety of reasons for homelessness and every one has a story.”
The Christmas presents will basically be care packages consisting of items to helpmake things a little easier and bearable, explained Steven.
“Items will include toiletries, socks, gloves, tammy, scarves, etc., but, if enough can be raised, then also blankets and sleeping bags.”
He also hoped to give out food and water – including a turkey sandwich, as “it’s Christmas at the end of the day”.
“The plan is to surprise these guys by just randomly walking up to them in the street and introducing ourselves before handing them their food, then giving them the bigger surprise of the wrapped up present,” said Steven, who asked anyone willing to support his venture to give him a personal message on Facebook.
“What matters is trying to give the homeless some hope and put a smile on the faces of some people who are in drastic and unimaginable circumstances,” he said.
Only £5 would pay for a third of one of the presents and, as Steven added:“No one is going to miss a fiver.”