Football Club open doors to local homeless for Christmas Lunch
THE O'S teamed up with Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme (LOCSP) and Sainsbury’s to spread some Christmas cheer to a group of 60 of Waltham Forest’s homeless on Tuesday afternoon.
The O’s opened their doors to the group for a three-course Christmas lunch in the Olympic Suite at the Matchroom Stadium, with musical entertainment provided by the young singers of the George Mitchell School Gospel Choir.
Orient worked with Christian Kitchen, a local charity that aims to provide assistance to those displaced from their homes, to make the idea of a lunch for the homeless a reality, with generous support coming from Sainsbury’s, who supplied the food, drink, decorations and serving staff.
Leyton Orient chief executive Matthew Porter said: “At this time of year it’s important that we as a Football Club think of those less fortunate than ourselves.
“We were delighted to host the lunch and thanks go to Sainsbury’s for their generous donation of food, the George Mitchell School Gospel Choir and Christian Kitchen.
“The weather’s been particularly unpleasant recently, and it was a pleasure to provide some brief respite to local people who find themselves down on their fortunes at present.”
Simon Johns, Store Manager of the Sainsbury's store in Romford Road, Stratford said: "Sainsbury's Local take great pride In being at the heart of the community and providing what we could for this meal was the least we could do.
"Leyton Orient has always been a massive part of the community in east London and deliver many values we believe in and hopefully this is just the start. Thanks to all that supported this and Merry Christmas."