Newcastle United fans and Twitter users have turned a marketing stunt by Sports Direct into a brilliant initiative to keep homeless people warm this winter.
A Sports Direct spokesman said: “Mike knows that customers love our crazy prices and great giveaways so he’s decided to go the extra mile to get everybody behind the team.”
A social media campaign soon grew off the back of the offer urging people to claim the coats and then give them to a homeless person in need during the cold weather.
— Top Corner (@HITCtopcorner) January 16, 2016
Last RT. Great idea. Get a coat off FM. Donate to a homeless charity,or similar. Just done it myself. Works a treat. #CoatsForTheHomeless— Craig Cornforth. (@boyceyoh) January 17, 2016
Coming to a homeless person near you soon! 👍January 16, 2016
The jackets on offer appear to have sold out quickly but not before a few had been nabbed for the campaign.
Stephen Farrell, 30, told The Huffington Post UK: "Even if a small percentage go to homeless people then that's fantastic.
"Basically it could save a life."
Ali Amir, 20, from Cardiff was one of those who managed to buy one.
This isn't a scam. Get a free jacket from sports direct and give it to someone homeless 👍👍January 17, 2016
He told The Huffington Post UK: "I bought one and a few of my friends bought some.
"Our plan is to go out and give them to homeless people we see all over the city.
"I'm a Muslim and it's our duty to help others. They don't deserve to be out there."
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Sports Direct have been contacted for comment.