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 Leith Collective at Ocean Terminal and Fort Kinnaird and has seen tremendous success with people pitching in and donating their coats. And from December 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 Leith 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 Glasgow, 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:
“We’ve heard a lot of talk this year about people ‘feeling the pinch’ of rising costs, but from what I’ve seen, that’s a massive understatement. There are people genuinely struggling to survive. Christmas is a time for giving, and the gift of a Christmas tree, some decorations and a few treats to a family that has nothing is a lovely way to show them that they matter, that they are not forgotten, and that they too deserve to be included in the magic of Christmas.”
What is more, the coat exchange provides a way to promote sustainability and avoid good-quality Christmas decorations being thrown away. So, while tackling the cost of living crisis with the free Christmas tree exchange, The Leith 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 Edinburgh care!
Where can I find The Leith Collective?
The Leith Collective at Ocean Terminal
Ocean Drive, Edinburgh
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm, and Sunday 11am – 5pm
The Leith Collective at Fort Kinnaird
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm seven days a week