A schoolboy has ditched birthday presents this year – opting to help out those in need instead.
Eight-year-old Liam Kreuger decided to give up his gifts and asked friends to donate to a local food bank.
Liam’s dad Gero Kreuger said: “It was probably a year ago another child’s birthday party did the same thing.
“He said ‘I’m going to get a lot of presents’ and we said ‘you have got so many toys and there are people out there who don’t have enough to eat’.
“My wife suggested he asked his guests to donate food for the food bank, there was no discussion at all about it.
“It was a very natural thing to do, as presents are for people in need too.
“We have a large people carrier and the boot was full of donations.”
Originally from Germany, Gero and his wife moved to Aberdeen 12 years ago and, having raised their two children in the city, say they feel very close to the North-east.
However, they are now returning to Germany due to the economic downturn.
They encouraged their son to think of others in need and the youngster was happy to give up presents.
The donations went to the charity Community Food Initiatives (CFINE), which runs one of the city’s busiest food banks.
Liam’s donation weighed 71 kilograms and equates to around 71 meals.
The food bank sees up to 60 people coming through the door each day. It is used by a wide range of ages, from late teens to pensioners, and is not limited to food donations. Other essential items are welcomed such as nappies, sanitary products and washing powder.
And last year it handed out 30,000 emergency parcels.
Those who use the food bank include employed people who can’t make ends meet after paying rent and bills.
And the current downturn in the North-east means the food bank is encouraging people to help those in need.
Depute CEO of CFINE Fiona Rae said: “Without the volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do it.
“If people can and they want to they should donate.
“There’s such an awareness of it now, and it goes a long way to make sure food stocks are maintained. It doesn’t matter how small the donation is.”