A nine-year-old girl used money intended for her birthday party to send 100 lonely OAPs boxes of tea and coffee, and cakes and biscuits.
Lily White was given £100 from her parents to package up 100 boxes to be distributed to people in their church congregation, after her birthday party was cancelled.
The schoolgirl came up with the idea and designed the front of the boxes with a colourful picture of a teacup, and helped create beautiful prayer cards.
She wrote: “Everyone should know that they are not alone. I hope that this box makes someone smile and they can enjoy a cuppy and a biscuit.”
P5 pupil Lily said: “God tells us to share with others, to care for one another, be kind and use our gifts and talents to do ‘His’ work.
“We have all taken things for granted and lockdown has made us all think about what is important.
“Church is important to me and I have missed seeing my church family each week and I am sure they have missed me.
“I worry about people who are on their own, they must feel lonely and isolated and I want these Cup of Friendship boxes to make people smile and to show that someone is thinking about them.”
She used money set aside for her cancelled birthday party to fill them with teabags, coffee sachets, milk, packets of biscuits and cakes for two.
Lily attends Arbroath West Kirk in Arbroath in Angus and worked on the project with her minster, Rev Chris Hay.
Mrs Hay said: “We have a large percentage of older members, many of whom live alone and are not experts in the use of the internet and social media.
“Lily’s initiative, her thought for others at a time when activities were cancelled for her, coupled with her commitment to filling and completing each box is humbling.”
Proud mum Vicki, 37, said: “Lily came up with this idea and my husband and I gave her £100 which was set aside for her birthday party which was unable to happen.
“She planned, drew, coloured and bought all the items herself.
“Chris helped by providing prayer cards and working out how these boxes could be sent out into the community.”