Six-year-old girl spent Christmas day handing out presents to the homeless
A six-year-old girl handed out soup and presents to homeless people on Christmas day
Rose McGowan was inspired to help people sleeping rough in Glasgow after she met someone sleeping on the streets after a trip to the cinema on Christmas Eve.
Pearly Rose and her family met a man huddled in a doorway and were heartbroken to see his suffering. Pearly Rose asked her granddad Martin, 57, if he would help her create goodie bags for homeless people.
Her grandma, Ruth, cooked up some soup, and the family included sandwiches, crisps, sweets, socks, and an envelope with £20 inside it. Pearly Rose’s aunt, Teresa, 38, said one of the recipients of a gift bag was moved to tears by the gesture.
Her own daughter, Michaela, aged 15, also went out with Martin and Pearly Rose to distribute four bags of presents.
Teresa said: ‘On Christmas day they all opened up their presents and noticed they had a lot of stuff.
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‘It was then that Pearly and my dad remembered the homeless guy from the previous night.
‘So they came up with the idea to go out around Glasgow giving the homeless these bags.
‘My dad has always been a giver so I think his kindness has started to rub off onto Pearly and my daughter Michaela.
‘Pearly went and opened up my Dad’s cupboard and took out his new jumper which still had a tag on it.
‘My mum made the soup and we just got everything else together.’ The family travelled from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, and spent their afternoon on Christmas Day walking around Glasgow city centre looking for people they could help.
Mum-of-two Teresa added: ‘They started driving around Glasgow but they couldn’t see anyone homeless, that’s when they decided to go on foot.
‘They went around the city centre and told us that one of the guys that received the bags was crying saying ‘you don’t know what this means’.
‘It was just so lovely to hear, Pearly says she wanted to do it because she wanted them to have something for Christmas.
‘It’s just amazing because at six years old or when you are 15 years old you just think of yourself.
‘But not Pearly, she decided to think of others before herself and that’s exactly what she’s like.