REDDITCH residents have once again showed their generosity by donating gifts to those less fortunate.

Tesco Extra, on Coldfield Drive, recently asked customers to donate what they could and people responded generously.

Hundreds of items such as hats, coats, food, and even tents were collected in the store and have been given out to groups Assemblies of God Church, and Radiate Redditch.

Kind-hearted resident Keith Bailey, who came up with the idea, said: "We try to help as much as we can. We are ever so grateful for what people have donated. It doesn't just mean someone will have a decent night's sleep or a quick fix, this helps people to form friends and socialise which in some instances is just as important."

He added: "A massive thank you to everyone who has helped and Tesco and Farzana Kauser from the store."

Mike and Cathy Ebanks, from the Assemblies of God Church, will be distributing items to those in need while Radiate Redditch will use the collected items for its Christmas Hub.

Usually running from around Boxing Day until New Year's Day Radiate Redditch, during the day, provides a drop in space where people can go for food/activities/ or just socialise and spend time with others.

On the nights the group provides a safe shelter for rough sleepers in the town.