antwerp - The family Holsman won scratch free 1 minute shopping at the Albert Heijn in Antwerp, but this family decided not to 'collect' it themselves. They donated the prize to Kamiano, a homeless shelter in the Belgian city.
Volunteer Patrick Coens went shopping at the AH instead of the Holsman family. 'I thought it was a beautiful gesture from the family with whom I have been friends for years. We are in preparation for the Christmas dinner of Kamiano and there are also gifts for the homeless. We thought it would be a good idea to go for things that are regarded as luxury products for many homeless people: shampoo, shaving gear, deodorants, shower gel, diapers,... Those things are often just expensive. '
He continues with Het Laatste Nieuws. 'We were only allowed to take two pieces of each item. I had taken my children Bo, Jules and Maurice to help. They were posted in advance with the right racks. They helped me to gather half a cart full of products together. '
The branch manager of the Albert Heijn, Chafiq Belhadji, was moved by the family gesture, says Coens. 'He came after us when we walked outside with our cart after our free minute and said he wanted to triple the value of our car. They had a lot of hygienic products, shampoos and shower gel from suppliers they no longer sold the product line. We could all have that for Kamiano. '
The homeless shelter now wants to hand out Christmas presents on Christmas Eve during a dinner.