For one Glasgow woman, there won’t be the traditional ritual on Christmas Day of giving and receiving presents.
But that’s because Nina Cameron has told her friends that she’s making donations to her favourite charities in lieu of money spent on gifts – and has urged them to reciprocate.
Nina, 31, a planetarium officer at Glasgow Science Centre, said on social media: “I’d really rather use the money I’d spend on presents and donate it to charity. Specifically to the Scottish Association for Mental Health, LGBT Youth Scotland, and the Scottish Refugee Council.
“I don’t need more things, so would like to ask that anything you’d kindly consider spending on me gets put towards one of these charities, because they all do amazing work.
“This year, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on ‘things’ that will be lost, broken, or forgotten by Ne’erday, I want to send some money, and a lot of love, to try and do something positive instead.”
Speaking about her decision to give to LGBT Youth Scotland, Nina added: “I felt it was important to do this especially this year, because 2016 has been a year filled with bigotry and hatred, and I wanted to do something to help a charity that does incredibly important work for young people who, right now, might be feeling even more alone and isolated.
“I hope, in even a small way, to help to fund services that make it easier for young LGBT people to access support that helps them celebrate and accept themselves, and works towards a society that does too.”
Jane Griffin, LGBT Youth Scotland’s senior fundraising manager, said: “We were delighted to hear of Nina’s decision to support our work. This time of year can be particularly challenging for young LGBTI people, especially those who have been made homeless as a result of family breakdown and lack of acceptance of who they are.
“LGBTI people can often feel isolated and alone from the effects of homophobic bullying and discrimination. Every penny raised helps us continue providing life-saving and life changing support to LGBTI young people across Scotland.”
LGBT Youth Scotland here
Scottish Association for Mental Health here
Scottish Refugee Council here