Inverclyde MSP encourages locals to join Secret Santa charity shop challenge

Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde 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 only to be purchased in charity shops.

The local SNP MSP has backed the challenge and is highlighting the benefits of Christmas shopping in local charity shops.

Stuart with volunteers at Cancer Research UK’s West Blackhall Street store in Greenock

Commenting, Mr McMillan 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 bring huge social value to the Inverclyde 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.”

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