HUNGRY youngsters queueing at an area soup kitchen to obtain scorching dinners on a college night time has prompted a name for get together leaders to attend the supply and “make a distinction”.
Organisers from Homeless Mission Scotland say they had been left “heartbroken” after two schoolkids attended their metropolis centre facility for meals on Tuesday night.
The youngsters, who had been “extraordinarily grateful to obtain their meals” are described as being between seven and eight.
It's the first time youngsters have used the charity’s service – which has been operating from beneath the Hielanman’s Umbrella for nearly one yr.
Colin McInnes, who's the chairman at Homeless Mission Scotland, stated: “The queue was a lot greater than regular on Tuesday night time – there have been round 130 folks there.
“I began to see somebody attempting to push by the queue which clearly isn’t allowed to it caught our consideration. It seemed as if somebody was attempting to push their approach down the center.
“Finally, it got here to the entrance of the queue and my coronary heart simply utterly sank. It was two children aged round seven or eight.”
Volunteers swiftly handed over meal tickets to the youths earlier than they sat down with their mom to eat their dinner.
Colin added: “They had been excited and very grateful to obtain their meals. You can inform they had been hungry.
“They had been skipping and saying, “oh my goodness, have a look at all of this meals.”
“They couldn’t take the tickets from my arms quick sufficient. I’m a 6’2 grown man and it hit me onerous – I needed to take a minute away as a result of I couldn’t watch youngsters accumulate meals on the streets of Glasgow.
“It left us heartbroken.”
Now, Colin hopes that leaders from every of the town’s political events can attend the soup kitchen “to see first-hand” hardships at the moment confronted by households in Glasgow.
“It's so unhappy that at the present time in Glasgow there are kids on the streets queueing on a college night time for some scorching meals.
“I believe it's time our native representatives got here to our soup kitchen to see first-hand the struggles the folks of Glasgow are dealing with.
“That approach, they is likely to be inclined to do one thing about it and attempt to make a distinction.
“We have now despatched out written invites up to now to all leaders of all events, however now we have had no response.
“I might be extending that written invitation as soon as once more. It will be significant that the general public know what is occurring on this metropolis.”
The Argyle Avenue unit - which as soon as ran each Friday night - now operates thrice per week to mirror demand.
On common, volunteers distribute round 1300 meals to these in want each seven days.