‘Give Back Friday’ helps the city’s homeless

Glasgow City Mission clients being helped by Giffnock's Whole Foods Market
Glasgow City Mission clients being helped by Giffnock's Whole Foods Market

Southside shoppers are bringing love and joy to their community thanks to an innovative supermarket scheme.

Giffnock grocery store Whole Foods Market are turning Black Friday, one of the nation’s busiest online shopping days, into Give Back Friday.

The store will give back 5% of its gross sales for the day to homeless charity Glasgow City Mission.

It’s the fourth consecutive Christmas in whichWhole Foods Market have partnered with the Glasgow charity. To date, more than £17,000 has been raised to tackle homelessness in the city.

As well as donations of cash and gifts in kind from the store, customers can donate at till points.

The store will also donate the five pence carrier bag charge to the charity for the months of November, December and January.

Glasgow City Mission say they will use the money to run their evening drop-in service plus a programme of more than thirty daytime activities designed to address the root causes of homelessness and poverty.

Darren Campbell, Whole Foods Market team leader said: “We are delighted to continue our support for Glasgow City Mission via our Christmas campaign. Our team members are part of the local community and we are passionate about supporting local causes that are important to us. Glasgow City Mission is a great charity who help hundreds of vulnerable people every day.

“We wanted to turn Black Friday into something more in keeping with our values. Instead of unhealthy consumerism, we wanted to use the day to give something back to good causes and to do something that would make a genuine difference. Giving 5 per cent of our gross sales means that people struggling with homelessness in our city can be assured of practical help. ”

Graham Steven, for Glasgow City Mission said: “Homelessness and poverty continue to be significant social problems in our city. We feed more than 250 people every day and are incredibly thankful to Whole Foods Market and their customers for their support in tackling these issues.

“We help over 250 people each day. By connecting people to our holistic daytime services, our aim to tackle the root causes, rebuild people’s confidence and skills, and help people into new homes, jobs and other opportunities.”