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Kindness drawers returned to public square in Belfast city centre

The kindness drawers have returned to Jubilee Square, where people can leave supplies for the homeless in the kindness drawers. Picture by Mal McCann

KINDNESS drawers have been returned to Belfast city centre to help people living on the streets.

The unit of plastic drawers are in place once again in Jubilee Gardens, a public square close to High Street, as a drop-off point for people to make donations to those in need.

Established at the start of this year, it was described at the time as a social experiment, but the units have been returned again to allow good samaritans to make donations.

Members of the public can fill the drawers with basic items, such as warm clothing and toiletries, for rough sleepers in the city who are in need during the winter months.

The units are also covered in stickers with uplifting messages and contact numbers for organisations that can help those sleeping on the street.

People can leave supplies for the homeless. Picture by Mal McCann

Organisers behind the initiative said: "This is an amazingly simple but effective idea to give those in need some basic items during a cold winter".

"It could mean a rough sleeper has the chance to feel clean or warm or dry this winter. Something the rest of us take for granted."

It comes just a week after benches used by homeless people were reinstalled in Jubilee Gardens following a public outcry.

The benches had been removed by Belfast City Council earlier this month as part of "general improvements" aimed at reducing "any potential for anti-social behaviour".

But following pressure from councillors and a meeting between Belfast City Council and organisations including the PSNI, Housing Executive and bodies representing the homeless, the benches were returned last week.

The council then replaced wooden slats on the benches, which are also located on the corner of High Street and Victoria Street.

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