This Christmas, Wales Coffee Shop Will Give Hot Drinks, Food, and Presents to the Homeless

Volunteers and NHS nurses will be on site to offer help and support

More than 80 people are expected to visit the Costa Coffee branch in Swansea on Christmas.

Keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, a Costa Coffee branch in Swansea will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Christmas Day to give free coffee, food, and gifts to the homeless, according to WalesOnline. Eight Costa staff members have volunteered for the event, and two National Health Service (NHS) nurses will be on site to offer help and support.

The initiative was made possible by a community project fund launched by the company last year, giving individual stores allocated funds and the freedom to decide which causes to spend it on.

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Store manager Amy Rees says, “We regularly give out tea and coffee to homeless people on the high street – we see quite a lot around this part of Swansea… It was very sad when we heard news about that man dying in a nearby doorway – we regularly used to see him and give him a drink.”