Bananamoon in Kelvinbridge offers help to homeless people

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A Glasgow bar is collecting clothes and personal items to help people who are homeless.

And staff at Bananamoon Bar in Great Western Road will be on site tomorrow (Friday March 19) to accept donations from the public.

The team at the Kelvinbridge venue are welcoming gifts of spare jumpers, hats, gloves, jackets – anything that can help people stay warm.

The collections are the idea of bar owner Ahmed Abutoq, who also has Mrs Falafel takeaway van in the West End.

He and his team have put together 200 bespoke boxes containing toiletries, clothing and food to help out those who are struggling the most.

The clothes items will be added and handed out to homeless people on Good Friday.

Maxine Barrie is bar manager at Bananamoon.

She said: “This lockdown has made us all realise that while we may be feeling the pinch, there are others who are far worse off than we are.

“We still have a roof over our heads, food on our table and the occasional glass of wine while there are others who have nothing or are struggling with the essentials like heating their home.

“But because of Covid, understandably, we have struggled to find a charity partner to work with so we are now setting up our own charity.

“The first event will be on Good Friday when we will be in George Square handing out the boxes and serving food.

“Going forward the plan is to do one thing every month whether it is further boxes or staff volunteering their time or something else, we are still trying to decide it.

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Bananamoon manager Maxine Barrie with one of the boxes

“Ahmed’s been really keen on this and we have been lucky to get so many businesses involved.

“But we are now asking for your help. If you have spare jumpers, hats, gloves, jackets – anything that can help people stay warm – please bring them along from 2pm to us at Bananamoon tomorrow (Friday) for our drop off box.”

‘Going forward the plan is to do one thing every month whether it is further boxes or staff volunteering their time or something else, we are still trying to decide it’

Maxine Barrie

The team has received support from major supermarkets including Tesco and Sainsbury’s, Poundland, Derek Walker Studio, Hapi Hands and other businesses.

Anyone with spare jumpers and other essentials are urged to contribute to the effort with a two-hour drop off (between 2pm and 4pm) window at the Glasgow bar on Great Western Road, tomorrow (March 19).


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