That’s just not the spirit of Christ­mas

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A fam­ily-run busi­ness based in Cam­bus­lang has found it­self in the mid­dle of a bizarre Christ­mas tree turf war.

Elfy Trees staff have been left be­mused by van­dal­ism to their ad­verts around the town, with some­one seem­ingly tar­get­ing the con­tact de­tails for the busi­ness.

One ban­ner on Bridge Street has been de­faced while an­other has been stolen al­to­gether.

Donna Steven­son (42), who runs the busi­ness with her hus­band, Jim, reck­ons they are be­ing tar­geted by one of their many com­peti­tors in Gl a s g ow and Sou t h La­nark­shire.

She said: “It seems some­one is get­ting an­noyed.

“We dress as elves at the shop and then de­liver the trees dressed as elves to make the ex­pe­ri­ence a bit more mag­i­cal, so maybe some­one doesn’t like that.

“We don’t have any proof, but it seems very tar­geted. If it was just kids, why would they very specif­i­cally scrub out our con­tact de­tails?

“We haven’t con­tacted the po­lice be­cause it won’t be a big deal to them. Hope­fully the res t o f our ban­ners stay up and un­touched.”

Donna and Jim started Elfy Trees three years ago from their Ur­ban Frescco base on John­son Drive.

Jim (46) moved into the base af­ter he left the mil­i­tary fol­low­ing a 22 year ca­reer.

The couple of­fered their base as a tem­po­rary drop- off for the lo­cal food­bank and also pro­vide trees for the Mag­gie’s Cen­tre in Mon­k­lands.

This year they are also rais­ing funds for char­ity Sol­diers Off The Street.

Donna said: “We be­lieve we have been blessed in life and want to give a lit­tle back to help oth­ers who are less for­tu­nate.”

And she had a de­fi­ant mes­sage for those re­spon­si­ble for the van­dal­ism: “Since we posted about the van­dal­ism on Face­book we have been chokka. “We’ve had 40 ex­tra likes on Face­book and sales are through the roof while the com­ments we’re re­ceiv­ing are all very pos­i­tive.

“I be­lieve good al­ways comes from bad. But it’s not right some­thing like this should have hap­pened.”

Glum Un­happy elves Donna and Jimmy Steven­son with their van­dalised sign

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