McDonald’s serve up a festive treat for needy
STAFF TO OPEN UP ON CHRISTMAS DAY TO PROVIDE BACON ROLLS FOR HOMELESS AND THE LONELY
A McDONALD’S will open on Christmas Day to feed the for the homeless and provide company for the lonely.
The fast food restaurant at Merseyway Shopping Centre, Stockport, will be serving up bacon rolls and brews from 8am-9am on December 25.
Staff hope the kind-hearted gesture will make a difference to those who may otherwise have nowhere to go.
Assistant manager Kevin Buckley said the Stockport franchise has been working with homeless charity The Wellspring for some time.
He said: “There’s quite a large homeless population in the area.
“We have quite a good relationship with them, they come in for a brew and a chat. The team here wanted to make a difference, so did the franchisee Stuart Broadbelt, it was something we were all very passionate about and we decided a way of doing that was to open on Christmas Day.”
Staff were quick to volunteer to work, and Kevin says there will be around 20 employees there on the day, as well as some family members.
“My wife is coming and so is our sixyear-old daughter,” he added.
We want to give it a bit more of a family feel, not just a bacon roll and a coffee.
“We will be there to have a chat with people and make them feel at home.”
As well as Stockport’s homeless community, the franchise has decided to extend the invite to anyone who faces spending the day alone.
Kevin said: “We’ve got a few regular customers who we see daily that we’ve invited to come down, and we are open to anyone else who is in need of a bit of company that day.”
The Merseyway restaurant is one of a handful opening their doors on Christmas Day.
Last month, the team at McDonald’s in Ashton-under-Lyne town centre confirmed it too would be serving up breakfast to those in need.
It is the second year running staff have volunteered their time on Christmas Day to help out.
The event will be ran in partnership once again with local charities Greystones Tameside and We Shall Overcome – Ashton.
From left, staff Jamie Connolly, Gaynor Fairhurst, Kevin Buckley and business manager Matthew Wood