The people of Scotland have gathered together to help one another once again amid the cost of living crisis. Recently, a free coat exchange was reintroduced at The Clydeside Collective at St Enoch and has seen tremendous success with people pitching in and donating their coats. And from November 1, the Scottish store owned by Sara Thomson has introduced a free Christmas tree and festive food exchange so people can still enjoy the spirit of Christmas.
So people don’t have to sacrifice their Christmas in order to be able to exist this year, The Clydeside Collective is urging people to search their homes for any unwanted Christmas trees and decorations that may be languishing in cupboards and attics. Moreover, any non-perishable store cupboard essentials and festive treats are also being accepted. So, if you find something that is not useful to you anymore, bring it over to the shop and they will take care of the rest.
All items will be available for anyone to collect at all three stores at St Enoch Centre, Ocean Terminal and Fort Kinnaird completely free of charge, no questions asked. Basically, whoever would like to decorate their home for Christmas but can’t afford it this year, they are welcome just to go and take whatever they need. This will come as great news for families with children, making Christmas magical and sparking much-needed joy.
The Clydeside Collective founder, Sara Thomson, explains why she is keen to build on the momentum of the winter coat exchange and go even further to help those who are struggling:
“For many people, 2022 has been a real financial struggle and buying a Christmas tree and festive food will prove to be too much of a stretch this year. These things aren’t ‘essentials’, and it’s highly likely that for them, Christmas will be yet another casualty of the cost of living crisis. But I believe everyone deserves a nice Christmas and what better way to spread festive cheer than by donating to others and lifting their spirits when they need it most.”
What is more, the coat exchange provides a way to promote sustainability and to avoid good quality Christmas decorations to end up thrown away. So, while tackling the cost of living crisis with the free Christmas tree exchange, The Clydeside Collective will also manage to simultaneously aid the climate crisis. Every little counts and we should all chip in to help wherever we can. It’s marvellous to see the people of Glasgow care!
Where can I find The Clydeside Collective?
The Clydeside Collective at St Enoch Centre
Opening hours: 10am – 5pm, seven days a week