The Co-op food stores in Leighton Buzzard have joined forces with Salvation Army in a bid to help keep the homeless warm this winter.
The appeal is calling for donations of coats, gloves, hats and scarves which can be dropped off at any Co-op food store up until Saturday, December 22.
There are stores on Clarence Road, Stanbridge Road and Waterdell, the donated items will then be collected by the Co-op’s Logistic team and distributed to charities that help the homeless.
Shaun Doran, National Contracts Manager, Co-op Logistics, said: “The weather presents many challenges for the homeless, whatever the season, but especially during these colder, winter, months. Those sleeping rough – for whatever reason – face many challenges and need access to vital support and services.
“Connecting communities and bringing people together is at the heart of the Co-op, and a donation can help to make a difference to those in our community who are desperately in need of support through both practical help and, guidance towards accessing the right support and services.
“We are really grateful for the generous support – it is amazing what we can achieve when we work together and, every donation, no matter how small, will add up to make a big difference.
“Helping to let vulnerable people know that they are not alone, and that someone is thinking of them, this Christmastime.”