Article: ‘Scots Working Together and Helping Each Other’
‘Scots Working Together and Helping Each Other’
The pandemic has turned our world upside down. It is, of course, first and foremost a human tragedy and our hearts and thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones. They are feeling the full force of this terrible virus.
Scottish Creations is a small family business. Although we are primarily an online store, we also travel to many of the Highland Games in the USA, where we have met many of you over the years. One of our favorite times of the year, the games have become a huge part of what makes Scottish Creations such an exciting venture. We will miss meeting all our customers, many who have become friends, hearing about their visits to Scotland and how much they love the country, even when it rained! The games themselves are wonderful events where many of us have shared an experience like no other and have memories that will last a lifetime. Sadly, nearly all the highland games and festivals have been cancelled this year.
Our mission at Scottish Creations has always been to bring you unique and fun creations from our country into your homes. To do this we only work with small independent, mostly family run businesses. From father-daughter glass blowers to the creative mums at home making beautiful tiles and art to take you to places in Scotland you may have visited or perhaps dream of visiting one day. We love being able to showcase their creations and to share insights into how they are made and where they are from. Without the ability to chat with you at the games about our suppliers and their products, our year looks very different. (Photo, Elspeth Gardner with her fabulous hand painted ceramic tiles).
Many organizations and societies are working to make all the events we enjoy possible and many are run entirely by volunteers. Who hasn’t enjoyed a Burns Night, a St Andrews Day Celebration, or the thought of a Tartan Day Parade? And these are only a few of the many events that are organized across the country. It is because of the year-round hard work and the fundraising efforts of these organizations and societies that we all get to enjoy the larger outdoor games and festivals. However, the pandemic has changed the way we live and social distancing is now an integral part of our lives. Sadly, many of these crucially important fund-raising events will not be happening this year.
How it works
We believe that the only way many of us can hope to continue beyond the pandemic is by being creative and helping each other. With that in mind – and to help in our own small way – we have launched a program which we are calling ‘Scots – Working Together and Helping Each Other’. Our program offers two benefits to the Members and Friends of the various organizations, societies, and highland games. Members & Friends will receive a discount on all purchases from our website. Scottish Creations will then match that discount in the form of a donation to the organization from the member.
Although we cannot be physically together this year, doing what we love to do, we believe we can still help each other. Working together in whatever way we can, is one way to ensure that we will all be able to gather together again to celebrate when the challenges of 2020 are behind us. If you would like further information, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org