Everton's Naismith serves Christmas meal for the homeless

Everton midfielder Steven Naismith returned to Glasgow to serve Christmas lunches to the homeless in partnership with charitable group Loaves and Fishes.

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The 29 year-old continues a tradtion he started five years ago while playing for Glasgow Rangers and has taken the initiative to the city of Liverpool since joining Everton.

"This is something I look forward to every year. It's the start of Christmas for me. It's brilliant to come and get a banter with some great characters - they tell it is how it is, some saying I'm a good footballer and others that think the opposite - and I'm happy that I can help."

"Giving them a hot meal, clothes, food parcels and probably most importantly, a warm welcome from people who care. it is both humbling and inspiring" Naismith said.

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Loaves and Fishes Chairman Dennis Curran heaped praised on Naismith, for his generosity and help in promoting the cause. 

"Apart from the money he has donated, the awareness he creates is priceless. The calls and donations we receive following these events are fantastic.

“Steven is a very special young man. The fact that he is not only continuing his support of Loaves and Fishes, but also building upon it by doing the same for the Whitechapel Centre in Liverpool says much about the type of man he is.

“Since he started helping us, Steven and his wife Moya now have a young family of their own with a two-year-old daughter and a new arrival early next year and yet he still finds time to show care and compassion for others living a very different life to his own.”

The Scotland international has earned 41 caps for his country but insists he hasn't forgotten his humble beginnings.

"I come from a working class background and I have witnessed the hardships that unemployment can bring to individuals, families and communities. I feel an obligation, a duty to help where I can," Naismith said in August.


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Published 10 December 2015 at 2:49pm
By Basil Saab