Specsavers in Longton donated £375 worth of food to a local food bank, in an effort to stop local people going hungry over Christmas.
The team on Market Street donated the money allocated for their own Christmas gifts to buy long-life items, such as tinned fruit and veg, rice and pasta sauces, for Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank Warehouse at Blurton Methodist Church.
A word from the store director
Tracey Britton, store director at Specsavers Longton, said: ‘Christmas can be a difficult time for many people and we wanted to do our bit to help. I’m so proud of all our employees for suggesting using the money intended for their staff presents towards helping other people’s Christmases instead.
‘Everyone here at the store is well aware of the fantastic job Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank Warehouse does in the community. Without their help, there would many vulnerable people going without a decent meal over the festive period.’
A spokesperson at Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank Warehouse, said: ‘Foodbank use is on the rise in the UK so we need your help more than ever. As a result of the donations, we can provide extra support and wrap-around services to the increasing amounts of people being referred to us for help.
‘Thanks to the generosity from colleagues at Specsavers in Longton, we were able to help more local people in real need over Christmas.’