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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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Everton turned the streets Blue again on Wednesday evening, with Leighton Baines the star guest.

The England international arrived at the Belvidere Road Family Centre in Toxteth as part of the Club's week-long crusade to spread Christmas cheer to those who deserve it most.

The centre provides vital services for homeless families needing emergency respite - a scenario which is thrust most poignantly into the spotlight at this time of year.

Leighton Baines

As well as Baines' visit, there was also a Blue Crimbo street party, with music from Jennifer Jewel, giveaways and Blue Santa in attendance.

The left-back post for photos with kids before handing out dozens of gifts.

Everton defender Baines told evertontv: "It is important that we get out and do things to help the community. It has been great that I have been able to put few smiles on some children's faces."

Bainesy dishes out the gifts.

Baines also brought his own children to the event.

"I wanted them to see that it's not all about running round a football pitch," he explained. "We know we are privileged to play football for a living and it's important they know that too."

Sheila Farrelly, from the centre, said: "We are here to provide shelter and safety for families who need it most. It is something which is particularly important at this time of year. Visits like this help to put a smile on the kids' faces and that's important as some of them have had traumatic experiences so far in the their lives."

Singer Jennifer Jewell and Blue Santa were also on hand to spread some festive cheer.

As well as Baines' visit, Everton also donated £500 of toys to ensure all the children in residence at the centre have something to enjoy on Christmas Day.

Look out for more Blue Crimbo activities on Thursday and Friday, with information revealed on the Club's Twitter feed from 10am each day.

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