Dress down day helps homeless

WHEN staff at Great Yarmouth Borough Council heard that the Salvation Army was looking for donations of toiletries they thought it would be an ideal cause for a dress down day.

WHEN staff at Great Yarmouth Borough Council heard that the Salvation Army was looking for donations of toiletries they thought it would be an ideal cause for a dress down day.

So on Friday council employees came to work in jeans or casual dress and instead of paying money to a charity were asked to bring in items such as soap, toothpaste and razors for the homeless.

Web communication manager Anna Wade said: “We have had a number of dress down days for various appeals including Haiti and the Aqua Box Appeal which helps provide clean water for third world countries.

“However, we also like to donate to local causes so providing items which help the homeless in Yarmouth was a cause that we were particularly pleased to support.”

“The event also highlighted the plight of the homeless as many of our customers asked about what we were doing and were very supportive.”

More than 400 items were donated including deodorant sprays, shaving foam and shower gels.