Last season forward Steven Naismith made Blues fans proud when he bought tickets for unemployed Toffees in Merseyside so that they could attend Everton games. He has proved now that this was not merely a one-off gesture by repeating his act of charity this season.
Naismith has donated 72 tickets, 4 each for the remaining 18 home games, to the Toxteth Jobcentreplus earlier today. The 28-year-old striker has supported various charities during his time playing in Scotland, and has since continued that fine work with various groups in Merseyside and Glasgow, as well as being the ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland and the Whitechapel Centre.
"I come from a working class background and I have witnessed the hardships that unemployment can bring to individuals, families and communities," said Naismith. "I feel an obligation, a duty to help where I can.
"For those trying hard to find a job, money will be tight. A match ticket may well be a luxury beyond their reach and this is a small gesture to help those in that situation and to enjoy a day out at Goodison Park.
"From the feedback I have received, it appears to have brought some joy to many people last season and, once again, I have asked the Jobcentreplus team to help select people who are unemployed through no fault of their own and are trying hard to find employment."
"I feel blessed for the opportunities and lifestyle my job as a footballer has afforded my family," added the frontman.
"The sport has put me in a position where I can help the community in some small wall and it is my duty to utilise that position for the greater good of the community."