Dumbarton Constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, is encouraging local residents and businesses to participate in ‘Good Cause Santa Claus’ a Secret Santa challenge launched by the Charity Retail Association.
Secret Santa is a popular game amongst families, friends and work colleagues in which participants randomly assign another member of the group for whom to buy an anonymous gift. Good Cause Santa Claus involves the same challenge but gifts are to be purchased only in charity shops.
The Dumbarton Constituency MSP has backed the challenge and is highlighting the benefits of Christmas shopping in local charity shops.
Commenting, Jackie said:
“Participating in the Secret Santa charity shop challenge is a fun way to give back this festive season.
“The challenge is great for the environment at this time of the year, so buying second hand gifts is good for the environment as it is for local charities, who rely on shop funds to provide vital services at this time of year.
“Charity shops bring huge social value to Dumbarton, the Vale of Leven and Helensburgh, support countless volunteers and boost our local high streets.”
Rachel Blair, Public Affairs and Communications Officer for the Charity Retail Association in Scotland said:
“Good Cause Santa Clause allows shoppers to think about how they can help their community this Christmas.
“Gifts bought from charity shops are better for the environment, contribute to a good cause and can surprise your recipient with something a bit different.”