Rhoda Grant, MSP for the Highlands and Islands 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 to buy an anonymous gift for. Good Cause Santa Claus involves the same challenge but gifts are to be purchased only in charity shops.
Rhoda has backed the challenge and is highlighting the benefits of Christmas shopping in local charity shops.
Speaking at the Highland Hospice shop in Inverness, Rhoda Grant 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 and beneficial for local charities who rely on shop funds to provide vital services at this time of year.
“Charity shops, such as those run by Highland Hospice, bring huge social value to the Highland community, 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.”
Highland Hospice Retail Manager Susan Cooper added, “We have many lovely items in our stores throughout the Highlands. I always encourage the staff at the Hospice to buy their Secret Santa gifts from one of our shops, as these often make the most unusual and exciting gifts.”