Scotmid Co-operative have spread some yuletide joy by helping those in need over the festive period with the donation of 3,000 Christmas dinners across Scotland.
In the community retailer’s West Member Region, Scotmid have actively engaged with homeless charity, Glasgow City Mission to provide funding for meals plus toiletries – shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant – for hundreds of local people, who require help at this time of year.
Graham Steven, Marketing & Fundraising Manager for Glasgow City Mission, said: “Glasgow City Mission is extremely grateful to Scotmid for their hugely generous donation towards our Christmas Appeal.
“The funding will this help us to serve up the best Christmas Dinner in Glasgow to hundreds of people battling with homelessness and poverty, making this difficult time of year better.
“Not only that, it will be allow us to address many of the underlying issues and help rebuild people’s skills and confidence to move forwards once more.
“Homelessness remains a significant problem in Glasgow. It is a complex issue without simple fixes. The support shown by Scotmid and its members will make a significant impact and we are very grateful.”
Scotmid Board Member Michael Ross said: “This is a fantastic cause that we are very passionate about supporting – Glasgow City Mission make a positive difference to people in the local area this Christmas.
“We were delighted to be able to support the initiative; at this time of year, small gestures make a big difference and our core purpose as a co-operative is to improve people’s everyday lives.”
The support provided to Glasgow City Mission is only one of several Christmas Dinner events that Scotmid are supporting across Scotland with additional efforts taking place in Edinburgh with Crisis Scotland and also with homeless charities in Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee.
Image (left to right): Scotmid President Harry Cairney, Glasgow City Mission Marketing and Fundraising Manager Graham Steven, Glasgow City Mission Marketing and Fundraising Officer Joy Andrew and Scotmid Board Member Michael Ross