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‘May I have a hat and a biscuit, please?’ Poor kids’ Christmas messages will tear your heart

Home furnishings store chain’s drive to help poor children leads to heartrending messages that show how broken Britain is – while a hungry schoolgirl’s kindness is touching and agonising

Store chain Dunelm is holding a drive to provide a tiny bit of a Christmas to children suffering miserable poverty in our supposedly rich nation – and some of the messages will break your heart.

In the scheme, kids from struggling families tell the shop staff the message they want to leave on a tag for shoppers with a request for a small gift for Christmas – and the staff will allocate gifts back to them that are donated by customers and other well-wishers. But the pathos of the mites’ wishes are agonising, as examples posted by staff member Kelly Nichols from the store in St Helens on Merseyside demonstrate:

Meanwhile, in a different area teacher Mehreen Baig tweeted one of thousands of examples of children suffering abject poverty and hunger – and a show of kindness by a hungry girl that made it even more heartbreaking – and yet received many messages trolling and attacking the teachers and the children’s families:

I’m in pieces writing this. This country is broken and sick. The kindness of many is inspiring to behold, but the cruelty, callousness and wilful blindness of so many, including politicians and their media enablers, to the suffering they cause to ever-increasing numbers of people is nauseating.

We are ruled by monsters and we are without a political opposition with any intention of meaningful change, as Keir Starmer makes clear every time he speaks. This cannot be allowed to go on.

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