Published: 24/12/2017 19:00 - Updated: 19/12/2017 09:47

Gifts in store for homeless kids as shop staff rally round


Tesco Dingwall
Tesco staff in Dingwall have provided gifts for homeless children this Christmas.

BIG-hearted members of staff at the Tesco store in Dingwall have donated gifts to every child in Ross-shire waking up in homeless accommodation on Christmas.

The management team gave up their Secret Santa money, staff donated gifts and the store community budget funded selection boxes for each child.

Highland Council principal housing officer Derek Manson was overwhelmed by the generous response.

He said: "Being homeless is challenging for anyone, at any time, and being homeless with children, at this time of year, can be particularly difficult. Despite the concerted efforts of the housing team in Dingwall to permanently rehouse all homeless persons as quickly as possible, inevitably there are families in temporary, but suitable, accommodation over Christmas.

"We are proud to be working with Tesco to ensure that all children in temporary accommodation within Ross-shire receive an extra gift this Christmas, and we are staggered at the generosity."

Tesco community champion Tom Norton said: "Since the Highland Council approached me a few weeks ago I haven’t stopped thinking about the kids and how I’d like to play some part in making this Christmas special. Whether it be asking colleagues to donate presents or the managers giving up their Secret Santa, it really is incredibly humbling to know how generous they all are, and for that I cannot thank them enough."

In Ross-shire, 31 children under the age of 16 will be spending Christmas in temporary homeless accommodation.

Civic leader Margaret Paterson said: "We can’t thank staff enough for their amazing generosity. It shows the true spirit of Christmas."

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