So gen­er­ous

Area thanked for char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - Rutherglen Rep - Kenny Smith

Res­i­dents of Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen have made a huge im­pact by sup­port­ing the Glas­gow’s Spirit of Christ­mas shoe­box ap­peal.

The group, set up on Face­book, was orig­i­nally aimed at hav­ing around 50 peo­ple donat­ing a Christ­mas gift to a less for­tu­nate child this Christ­mas.

Within just five weeks the group ex­panded to over 9000 mem­bers.

Due to the over­whelm­ing suc­cess, drop off points were ar­ranged at Univer­sal Con­nec­tions in Ruther­glen and Health and Well­be­ing Holis­tic Clinic in Cam­bus­lang. Both venues were de­lighted with the re­sponse, and thrilled that so many peo­ple sup­ported such a wor­thy cause.

Vic­to­ria Bar­nett from Univer­sal Con­nec­tions ex­plained. “When I first heard about the cause on Face­book I thought it was a fan­tas­tic idea.

“After I made my own boxes I saw sev­eral posts ask­ing if there would be a drop off point in Ruther­glen, so thought that I would do all I could to help. The re­sponse has been fan­tas­tic, and it was very emo­tional play­ing just a small part in such a fan­tas­tic idea.”

Kelly El­lis added: “I would like to say a huge thanks to my friends and cus­tomers at Health and Well­be­ing Holis­tic Clinic in Cam­bus­lang who do­nated gifts to this won­der­ful cause, the kind­ness is very much ap­pre­ci­ated and over­whelm­ing.

“It’s a truly won­der­ful in­spir­ing thing that Julie has done set­ting this cause up she is a star and will make so many chil­dren very happy this Christ­mas.”

Glas­gow’s Spirit of Christ­mas was set up by Julie Grif­fin in New­ton Mearns. She orig­i­nally thought that she could make a small dif­fer­ence to a few chil­dren and never ex­pected the vol­ume of do­na­tions which came through. Th­ese gifts are go­ing to be de­liv­ered to chil­dren in and around Glas­gow, East Ren­frew­shire, Ayr­shire, La­nark­shire and Ren­frew­shire.

Julie said: “I want to say a huge heart­felt thank you to all our mem­bers who came from far and wide to do­nate a gift to brighten up an un­der­priv­i­leged child’s Christ­mas Day.

“To see all of the chil­dren bring­ing their gifts beam­ing with pride to give a gift to another was mag­nif­i­cent. I just can’t be­lieve how suc­cess­ful this cam­paign has been in just a few weeks.

“With­out all our sup­port­ers we would never have been able to make this such a suc­cess and help so many char­i­ties and chil­dren this year.”

Glas­gow’s Spirit of Christ­mas is send­ing shoe­boxes and gift bags to a range of char­i­ties in­clud­ing Wom­ens Aid, Young Car­ers, Sal­va­tion Army, var­i­ous Food­banks, Kin­ship Car­ers and Chil­dren 1st.

Gen­eros­ity Zac (6) and Mad­die Simp­son (4) with just some of the do­na­tions

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