STAFF at a High Street takeaway personified the festive spirit on Christmas Day.
Kashmir Tandoori Indian Takeaway employees gave up their only guaranteed day off in the year to give away free gifts to the local needy.
Asad Mahmood explained: “Christmas is a time of giving and generosity. I heard stories of people being hungry on Christmas Day and I didn’t want that happening in Forres so we decided to open-up and do our bit for our community.”
Tesco community champion Kerry Speed was quick to help when she heard about Kashmir’s gesture.
She said: “I saw Kashmir were giving away free food and thought we may be able to donate some stuff.
“I provided extra Christmas treats and gifts.”
Word spread and more people were inspired to give generously.
“People thought our service for the needy was great,” said Asad’s colleague Zia Khan. “We were congratulated by folk walking and driving past.”
Gazette reader, Samantha Kay Smith, was one of them.
She said: “I saw the sign and thought to myself: Kashmir are amazing!”
Asad confirmed “a fair few” folk took up his offer of free food and essentials.
He added: “We were inspired by the people who help the homeless and needy on a day-to-day basis.
“There are simply not enough people doing charity in a tangible way. We thought feeding people went some way to doing that.”