Specsavers staff in Newport have collected more than 150 gifts from the local community as part of their campaign to help the homeless this Christmas.

Gift donation

The team at Specsavers on High Street, Newport asked members of the community to donate items such as gloves, scarfs, socks, hats and toiletries as well as food items like chocolate, sweets and biscuits to its appeal.

Donations were given out by volunteers from the Olive Branch Day Centre in Stow Hill, part of the Bethel Community Church, helped by Clare Baker, dispensing optician at Specsavers in Newport.

The gifts were given to homeless individuals in Newport during a special Christmas meal.

‘Time for sharing’

Jason Williams, director of Specsavers Newport, said: ‘We’re delighted with the response we’ve had from the local community in donating to our third annual appeal to collect gifts for the homeless. Christmas is a time for sharing and helping those in need, and the donation of more than 150 gifts shows the kindness and generosity of our customers and members of the Newport community.

‘We’d like to thank everyone who has donated a gift to the appeal, as well as Clare and the Olive Branch volunteers for their efforts in giving out the gifts. The items, no matter how small, will make a difference to the quality of life of a homeless individual, especially during the festive season.

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