Thursday 14 May 2015

Emmaus charity shops donate a days income for humanitarian relief

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Money from the sale will be used to fund training, agricultural assistance and water programmes for people being supported by Emmaus in poorer parts of the world.

For our companions, who have experienced homelessness, doing something to help others is key to restoring self-esteem, which was lost when they had nowhere to call home.

Formerly homeless people who live and work in Emmaus communities, known as companions, do work throughout the year to give their time and money to local people and charities who need it more than they do.  Their experiences of homelessness mean they know that regardless of your situation there is always someone in greater need than yourself. The concept of solidarity is central to the Emmaus ethos and the motivation behind its annual solidarity days where the focus is on those in need in other countries.

This is an opportunity for local people to get behind the solidarity event by visiting their local Emmaus shop to buy upcycled furniture, vintage items, antiques, bric-a-brac and clothes.

Addie Stevenson, CEO at Emmaus Gloucestershire said: “It’s a day when one good turn leads to another.  Customers can find some true treasures and bargains in our stores and the money we raise helps people who have next to nothing to call their own. It is rewarding for those who give and those who receive”.

Join Emmaus Gloucestershire on Saturday 16 May at any of the following shops:

  • Chequers Road, Gloucester, GL4 6PN
  • 18 - 19 Henrietta Street, Cheltenham, GL50 4AA
  • 56 London Road Stroud GL5 2AD
  • The Old Co-op , Market Street , Nailsworth GL6 0BX