East Renfrewshire’s caring side so clearly on show

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Despite being a committed Christian, Christmas isn’t a novelty in the truest sense for Russell MacMillan.

For the founder of East Renfrewshire Good Causes is giving all year round in a true spirit of loving thy neighbour.

And he’s inspired by the fact that so many people want to help him in his quest.

The most recent example comes from the Broom Church congregation who gave bag upon bag of food and toiletries to the East Renfrewshire Good Causes store.

Guides and Brownies from the church plus Giffnock 145th Scout pack crammed the bags full to capacity in their determination to make sure that cash-strapped locals get a bit of extra support over the Christmas period.

Russell said:”There have been further donations from Mearns Primary School, Arklet Housing Association, along with the steady flow of goods from our collecting bins within the Royal Bank of Scotland in Giffnock, and the two Co-op collection points in the stores at Harvie Avenue shops and Broom Road East.

“It is an incredible sight, when you see that so many people and groups have come together in the true spirit of Christmas.

“This will help us support the more than 250 homeless persons per year within East Renfrewshire, along with providing a helping hand to those hard working people on lower incomes.

“A massive ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in helping our local community as this is what I believe to be one of the true messages of Christmas.

“It shows we really do care about each other.”

Other recent donors are the ladies of Williamwood Golf Club who raised £2032.

Grateful Russell and his wife Yvonne had circulated their six month achievement newsletter and did a presention at a lunch earlier this year.

Ladies section vice captain Lorraine Morris said: “The ladies were delighted to hear about the wonderful work of the charity.

“When we saw the real, grass roots things that ERGC does to help our own neighbours in our own community, the ladies were very motivated to play their part in helping others.”