Members of an organisation that helps adults with learning disabilities performed random acts of kindness on Thursday by handing out Christmas gifts to strangers in Guildhall Square.
It’s the second year of Destined’s ‘Kindness Festival’ and members presented members of the public with gifts such as boxes of chocolates, candle stick holders and fridge magnets.
A key element of the festival is presenting a kindness card to the recipient who then gives it to the person who receives an act of kindness from them and so on, creating a continuous cycle of kindness acts and a real feel good factor throughout the community.
Despite the weather, Destined member, Anne-Marie McLaughlin, said she enjoyed giving gifts to complete strangers.
“Aside from the rain it’s nice to walk up to someone you don’t know and hand them a gift,” smiled Anne-Marie.
Destined volunteer, Terry McDevitt, praised the members and said this year’s festival was even bigger and better than the previous one.
“We started doing this last year and it was a success but this year has been amazing. The Destined members have worked really hard at creating and making some of the gifts. They gave away more than 250 gifts to complete strangers. You can’t put money on what it is like to see the look on someone’s face when they realise what we are doing - it’s really nice,” he said.