Kind-hearted Co-op staff have donated hundreds of items of clothing to help the homeless this winter.
A total of 300 bags of clothing are set to help 400 homeless people across the North East.
Customers and Co-op staff have collected a lorry full of toiletries and winter woollies, which included 343 pairs of trousers, 246 jumpers, 194 fleeces, 131 coats, 129 hats, 98 scarfs and 64 pairs of gloves, before delivering the goodies to Crisis Skylight’s HQ in City Road, Newcastle.
Crisis Skylight Newcastle works closely with local hostels and shelters to support single people experiencing homelessness.
The charity will distribute the clothing and toiletries to up to 400 people currently sleeping on the streets and in hostels on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, who will also enjoy a hot festive meal at its Newcastle centre.
Nicola Wylde, from The Co-operative’s Membership team, who co-ordinated The Co-operative’s appeal, said:
“As a community retailer, it is vital we support local good causes and we are pleased to have worked with Crisis Skylight Newcastle to help provide much needed warm winter clothing for the homeless in the area in time for Christmas.
“We’d like to thank our customers and colleagues for their support and generosity, which has been overwhelming and exceeded all our expectations.
“Their unwanted winter woollies will make a massive difference to those in need, and will also help Crisis provide a lifeline to its guests this Christmas, and help them take their first steps out of homelessness.”
Ian Richards, head of Crisis at Christmas, added:
“Without the generous support of donors, volunteers and partners, Crisis at Christmas would not be possible. We would like to thank The Co-operative for their fantastic support which will help us to provide a lifeline for our guests this Christmas, and help them take their first steps out of homelessness.”
Any items left over after the Christmas Day and Boxing Day events will be donated to Storehouse, a local charitable organisation supporting people in poverty.
Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 24 Dec 2014