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Homeless party a hit

Dozens of people have made Christmas one to remember for the homeless in Wolverhampton by organising a special festive party for them.

Zara Sands from Helping Hearts (front left) had organised a christmas dinner for the homeless (food supplied by Living Water Coffee shop) With Zara at the front is: Sean Downes (Greatful of a dinner) and back L-R: Ian Davies (also grateful of a dinner) and helpers: Sue Vincent and Sarah Bell (Outreach for Wolverhampton)..

The party was held at the Soup Kitchen in Darlington Street Methodist Church in the city centre on Saturday.

Volunteers helped to distribute hot food, drinks and gifts to those who attended.

The event was run by Wolverhampton Outreach and organisation Helping Hearts for the Homeless. Food was provided by Living Water Coffee Shop based on Stafford Street in Willenhall.

There was also Christmas crackers to be pulled, hats to be worn and time to reflect on the year gone by.

Zara Sands who runs Helping Heart for the Homeless who helped organised the event said: "I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated food, drinks and other items to help our homeless friends.

"It can be a difficult time of year for a lot of people and the homeless are no exception.

"It meant so much to see the smiles on people's faces, knowing that we made a difference.

"Thank you yo everyone that put so much effort in to make the party a success - you're all diamonds."

Volunteer Kelly Lingard said: "Zara Sands I am so proud to have got to know you, all the planning and sleepless nights had paid off.

"Our homeless guys and girls had an amazing Christmas party and loved there beautiful Christmas dinner.

"The donations for tonight were out of this world thanks to every one who donated it really helps. It was an absolutely brilliant night.

"I love been part of your team. There were so many happy faces tonight and it means the world seeing people happy.

"Well done everyone."

A statement released by Living Water Coffee Shop said: "More than 30 Christmas dinners were served, but more came in and just opted for the puddings.

"Overall, the night was a great success - many of the people served were really thankful for what was laid on for them and had a good time.

"Many thanks to Helping Hearts and Wolves Homeless Outreach for the opportunity to serve - great working alongside you guys. Have a great Christmas and a very happy New Year!"

The organisations rely on volunteers and donations. Its members go out on the streets every week in Wolverhampton and beyond to help and feed rough sleepers.

To find out more, search 'Helping Hearts for the Homeless (Wolverhampton Outreach)' on Facebook.