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Steven Naismith donates Everton tickets to unemployed fans

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Entering his third season with Everton, Scotland international Steven Naismith has continue his charitable efforts by donating tickets for Everton home matches to people of Liverpool who are unemployed and actively looking for work.

The 27-year-old, who is also an ambassador for Dyselxia Scotland, supports homeless centers in Liverpool and Glasgow, and started an effort to help injured service personnel find jobs in the Scottish city gave a thoughtful explanation of his gesture (via the PA):

“I come from Ayrshire in the west of Scotland and spent a lot of my life in Glasgow – a city that, at times, has suffered from high unemployment.
“Liverpool has a similar history and I am aware that, through no fault of their own, there are many unemployed in Liverpool trying hard to find a job who may not be able to afford a ticket. I thought this might be a small gesture to help those in that situation to enjoy a day out at one of our league matches. Hopefully it can bring some joy to many people.
“I have asked the Jobcentre Plus if they could give the tickets to different job centres across the city each week and select people who are unemployed through no fault of their own, are trying hard to find employment and who would enjoy watching a Premier League match.”

It's unclear how many tickets Naismith has donated, but his interest in helping the less fortunate is undeniably admirable.

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