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Naismith's Festive Gift

Steven funds Christmas dinner at local homeless charity.

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Steven Naismith

Steven Naismith is helping to bring some festive cheer to Liverpool's homeless by funding a Christmas dinner at the Whitechapel Centre.

The charity supports those without a fixed place of residence and Everton forward Naismith was delighted to sponsor their Christmas Day meal, having done something similar while at his previous club, Rangers.

Everton's main club sponsor and partner, Chang, also got involved in the initiative by donating scarves, hats, blankets and other items of warm clothing.

Speaking to evertontv from the Whitechapel Centre, the 26-year old Scot admitted he was more than happy to be able to help those in need in his new home town.

He said: "I've been involved in a charity that has a homeless background up in Scotland for a number of years now and the thing for me and charities is that I'd like to make an impact on local charities that do a good job, but need as much help as they can get.

"Seeing the response from the one up in Scotland and how much the increased awareness brought good things for them, I wanted to do something local in my new home.

"I did a bit of research and the Whitechapel Centre is quite similar to up north and it was definitely the one that I wanted to get involved with."

Steven Naismith at the Whitechapel Centre

Despite the cold weather settling in during the winter months, Naismith insisted that this sort of help is required throughout the calendar year - and urged the people of Liverpool to help the organisation where possible.

"No matter what time of year it is, if you're in a privileged position and you can do something really small to make a difference, everybody should be trying to do that," he said.

"This centre for instance, if you see someone sleeping rough, all you need to do is pick the phone up and they will go and investigate it and help the person in need. It's simple things like that that make a big difference."

For more information on the work that The Whitechapel Centre do, or to make a donation, click here.

Thomas MannWhat a great gesture from a really nice guy!

Thursday 20th December 17:54 Report Comment

paul bunchwelldone everton, i wished i lived in merseyside, jus to get somethin wth Everton would do me lol happy xmas all

Thursday 20th December 15:52 Report Comment

andrew hawesexcellent,nice gesture so close to christmas.

Thursday 20th December 15:29 Report Comment

Steve LandyNice one Naisey!!

Thursday 20th December 01:21 Report Comment

Michael WilliamsDon't see many footballers doing this. Well done Nais!

Wednesday 19th December 19:01 Report Comment
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