Young Belfast boy saves up his pocket money to buy Christmas gifts for pensioners

A young boy in east Belfast is guaranteed to be on Santa’s good list this week after he saved up his pocket money to buy Christmas gifts for pensioners.

Eight-year-old Lewis McCartney receives £5 (€5.83) whenever his grandfather visits, and instead of spending it himself, he saved it all up to buy presents for residents of a sheltered housing scheme.

On Monday, he visited Choice Housing’s Elmgrove Manor on the Beersbridge Road with his mother Rebecca and little brother Reece, five, laden down with bags of gifts to give to the residents.

From shower gel to chocolate, jars of coffee and boxes of tea, the boys picked a variety of gifts to suit all tastes.

Lewis was modest when asked what inspired him, simply saying he likes to be kind and think of others.

“Every time I see my granddad he gives me £5,” he said.

“So I didn’t spend it and then I went into Connswater and bought shampoo and other things.

“I like being nice to people.”

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>John Stevenson holds his presents given to him by Lewis (Liam McBurney/PA)</figcaption>
John Stevenson holds his presents given to him by Lewis (Liam McBurney/PA)

He said he did it because “lots of people don’t get any help and I just wanted to help”.

The residents were full of praise for the two boys.

Selina Irvine and Linda Mulholland said they were touched by their thoughtfulness.

“There’s not many kids would do that,” said Ms Mulholland.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Residents at Choice Housing Association’s Elmgrove Manor in east Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)</figcaption>
Residents at Choice Housing Association’s Elmgrove Manor in east Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

Ms Irvine added: “I love to see the children, especially interacting with the elderly because it gives them something and it gives us something.”

Jim Stitt was equally impressed.

“For two young boys their age, it was amazing they would think of think of doing something like this,” he said.

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