Staff at the East Kilbride opticians have opted to fund meals for 30 homeless people across Scotland this Christmas instead of exchanging ‘secret Santa’ gifts.

Supporting Social Bites annual appeal

Specsavers in East Kilbride is supporting Social Bite’s annual appeal for £5 donations to cover the cost of Christmas dinner for those sleeping rough in Scotland’s cities.

Staff have donated a total of £150 to the campaign instead of buying each other presents.

Supporting the community this Christmas

Store director, Shirley-Ann Kennedy, said: ‘Social Bite is a fantastic business helping those in need across Scotland.

We decided this year we would do something a little different to focus on what Christmas is really about – supporting those in the community who could do with being shown a little kindness.

I’m very pleased our staff have got on board and have enabled 30 people to have a good meal this Christmas.’

Social Bite has cafés in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Its profits go to charity and customers can choose to buy ‘suspended’ food and drink which is given to homeless people who visit the cafés. A quarter of Social Bite’s staff were formerly homeless.

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