Broth­ers’ Christ­mas gifts to those less for­tu­nate

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Two young broth­ers from Cam­bus­lang have shown the true mean­ing of Christ­mas with a gen­er­ous act.

Eight- year- old Zach Sharp, a pupil at Cairns Pri­mary, de­cided he wanted to help those chil­dren less for­tu­nate enjoy the kind of Christ­mas he will.

And when his lit­tle brother, Jake (4), found out about his brother’s act of kind­ness, he too wanted to play a part.

So the pair broke open the piggy banks their gran, Mags (65), keeps for them to buy toys to do­nate to the ‘Com­mu­nity and Be­yond Toy Bank’ in Go­van.

Be­tween them, the boys had £75 to spend on gifts which they hope will bring some joy to less for­tu­nate fam­i­lies on De­cem­ber 25.

The act has left their par­ents - Sarah (38) and Ian (40) - ex­tremely proud of them.

Sarah, who works as a PA for Bac­ardi, said: “Zach is a sen­si­tive wee boy. One day, we were watch­ing TV and an ad­vert came on about home­less chil­dren and how they wouldn’t get a Christ­mas. “He got quite up­set and asked how he would be able to help them.

“Their gran puts away £2 a week for them in pocket money, and Zach really wanted to use that to buy toys.”

Once Zach made his mind up, young Jake was quick to of­fer his help too.

Sarah added: “Jake is very young, but we said to him we were buy­ing toys for those less for­tu­nate and he was quite happy with that.

“He’s got lots of toys and he wanted to be like his big brother.”

The fam­ily, who now stay in New­ton Farm, had pre­vi­ously do­nated clothes to aid Syr­ian refugees, and Zach had been in­volved with Chil­dren in Need fundrais­ing at his school.

Sarah, Ian, who is an en­gi­neer, and Mags are all de­lighted with the broth­ers de­ci­sion, and Sarah re­vealed their gran was par­tic­u­larly happy.

She laughed: “She just thinks it’s great, she was cry­ing but she cries at ev­ery­thing!

“We’re definitely proud of them. Zach is such a car­ing wee guy, who is al­ways think­ing of oth­ers.”

The Com­mu­nity and Be­yond Toy Bank posted a pic­ture of the pair on their Face­book page when they came to drop off the toys on Satur­day (De­cem­ber 5).

Over 130 peo­ple “liked” the pic­ture and many praised the lads for their gen­eros­ity.

One per­son wrote: “What a lovely thing to do, thank you Jake & Zac..your fam­ily must be very proud of you. Have a lovely Xmas.”

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