Homelessness charity gives Christmas shoppers the chance to save a life this winter

CCT 12 tree signFestive shoppers are being given the chance to ‘purchase with purpose’ this winter through a new initiative from Edinburgh-based homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust.

By purchasing a Caring Christmas Tree, the charity said shoppers could save a life.

Sustainably grown in Scotland, shoppers can buy a Grade One Nordman fir tree, and the funds raised will directly support the charity’s Care Shelter and other winter projects. Bethany’s Winter Care Shelter provides a hot meal and a safe place to sleep for those with nowhere to go during the coldest months of the year.

Volunteers from last year’s CCT distribution site at Ocean Terminal in Leith
Volunteers from last year’s CCT distribution site at Ocean Terminal in Leith

Caring Christmas Trees, a unique social enterprise that has been running for 15 years, are available in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife at various pickup locations in December. The trees are also available for delivery at the end of November in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Commenting on this year’s CCT programme, Susan Smith, project coordinator at Bethany Christian Trust, said: “I am delighted to see Bethany’s Caring Christmas Trees project back on this year. For the past 15 years, we have been giving folk across Scotland the chance to make a purchase with purpose. Of course you could buy your tree elsewhere; but with Caring Christmas Trees you not only get a beautiful real tree, you get to make a difference in someone’s life.”

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