South West Wales

2,500 Christmas boxes for homeless appeal in Swansea

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Media captionLeah Flint, Louise Evans-Leigh and Heidi Rees said people had been 'amazingly generous'

Three friends from Swansea who set up a Christmas shoebox appeal to help homeless people over the festive period have been overwhelmed by the response.

Around 2,500 boxes and bags have been donated since they put out a call for donations via social media.

The donations for men and women include food, toiletries and warm clothing.

Many items have already been taken to various shelters, including the Dinas Fechan hostel in Swansea which is run by the homeless charity The Wallich.

Leah Flint, from the Swansea Vale, along with Louise Evans-Leigh and Heidi Rees have been collecting from 50 different drop-off points around south Wales, from Ammanford to Maesteg.

"People have been amazingly generous," said Ms Flint. "They have just gone above and beyond everything we expected."

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