Denise Roe, retail director at Specsavers Mold and Flint, rallied colleagues across ten stores to support a huge collection of essential items for homeless people, which will be delivered to local shelters.
Bigger and better this year
Denise organised a collection from Specsavers Flint last year and decided to go bigger in 2016 by working with other stores. ‘The idea is for all these stores to become a drop off point for customers and colleagues to donate a pair of warm socks, a scarf, a hat, or wet wipes for the homeless this Christmas. Donations will then be bundled into gift bags to be distributed as presents,’ she explained.
More than 40 gift bags
More than 40 gift bags collected by stores in Mold, Flint, Chester and Broughton will be given to Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH) as a result of this year’s collection.
Most humbling experience of her life
Denise says that delivering gifts to CATH in 2015 was the most humbling experience of her life: ‘The experience made such an impression on me, and really did make a huge difference to the people who received them. Grown men were clearly excited and grateful to receive the gift bags. I admit I was so choked up I struggled to speak. Hopefully with all stores working together this year we’ll be able to make an even bigger difference.’
Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the homeless do so directly through CATH.