Still got unwanted Christmas presents?

  • Scotland’s largest homeless charity is urging people to re-gift items to support the homeless
  • Donations being accepted across Glasgow city branches of Sainsbury’s*

As snow and strong winds sweep across the country, Scotland’s largest homeless charity, Simon Community Scotland, is urging people to get behind their campaign to support rough sleepers this winter by re-gifting unwanted Christmas gift items – such as warm clothing, underwear and toiletries – to Scotland’s largest homeless charity.

The #RegiftItToSimon idea is part of a wider campaign to provide everyday items to help Scotland’s homeless community stay safe and warm during the harsh Scottish climate.

The charity is asking people to donate unwanted Christmas gifts such as warm clothing – particularly base layers – as well as hats, gloves and scarves. Personal care items such as toiletries and make up would also be welcome.

Lorraine McGrath, chief executive of Simon Community Scotland, said: “Being homeless is a stressful experience at any time of year, taking a significant toll on physical wellbeing and mental health, and the colder months are a particularly vulnerable period for the community.

“We’re asking the public to help give a vital post-Christmas boost to our campaign by donating any unwanted gifts that may be useful for a homeless person. Even small items like gloves, hats, socks – or even a bar of soap – can make a big difference.

“We would like to thank Sainsbury’s for making this possible.”

To further support the homeless community, Simon Community Scotland has deployed a Rough Sleepers Street Team in Glasgow this winter. Members of the public are asked to contact them on 0800 027 7466 if they see someone of concern in the city.  

Simon Community Scotland works to combat the causes and effects of homelessness. The charity’s vision is that everyone should have a safe place to live and access to the support they need.

To donate unwanted gift items, drop off donations at any one of seven Sainsbury’s stores across Glasgow city centre, including Buchanan Galleries, Queen Street, Bothwell Street and Argyle Street.

Media enquiries:

Clare Todd, Perceptive Communicators   07963 169 543

Note to Editors:  

Donations will be accepted at the following Sainsbury’s stores:

Buchanan Galleries
219 Sauchiehall Street
135 George Street
167 Argyle Street (near St Enoch SPT station)
Trongate (1-9 Argyle St)
54 Queen Street
53 Bothwell Street

Suggested items:

  • Socks / tights / briefs
  • Sanitary items
  • Gloves / scarves
  • T-shirts
  • Soap
  • Hairbrushes
  • Make up
  • Perfume
  • slippers