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Deal school children collect gifts for Catching Lives homeless shelter in Canterbury

A mountain of boxes were delivered to a homeless shelter in a show of love to those spending the festive season on the streets.

Deal resident Jaymie Dunster, who runs an annual Give a Little Love shoe box campaign, collected a record 80 boxes filled with useful items like toiletries, gloves, socks, snacks, and dog treats for the facility.

Jaymie Dunster delivers 80 boxes of gifts to Catching Lives shelter in Canterbury (25067340)
Jaymie Dunster delivers 80 boxes of gifts to Catching Lives shelter in Canterbury (25067340)

Around half of these had been put together by KentOnline readers while others were handed into Bijou hair salon and Your Move in Deal.

Families United and Northbourne Primary School also donated items.

Miss Dunster, of Downs Road, personally delivered the packages to the Catching Lives shelter in Canterbury the day before Christmas Eve.

Children from Northbourne Primary brought in their own boxes
Children from Northbourne Primary brought in their own boxes

The shelter posted a message of thanks to the volunteer via its Facebook page describing the arrival as a 'mountain of boxes'.

It said: "Many thanks to Jaymie Dunster and all the people in Deal who once again have put together goody boxes for us to give out to our clients and their dogs this Christmas."

Jaymie Dunster’s son Hugo lends a hand
Jaymie Dunster’s son Hugo lends a hand

Miss Dunster, who was given a helping hand by her six-year-old son Hugo Taylor in delivering the boxes, said: "It was another amazing year. The best year so far with around 80 boxes donated.

"The boxes were given out on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and used throughout the beginning of the year.

The boxes were packed into a van and delivered
The boxes were packed into a van and delivered

"Thank you to everyone who was involved."

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