Carrick residents are being urged to help vulnerable children by recycling their unwanted Christmas gifts at Barnardo’s.
With an estimated thirty percent of the gifts given at Christmas being unwanted, Barnardo’s guarantees they can find a customer for those unwanted gifts.
To help potential donors out, Barnardo’s has devised a list of the top five most ‘unwanted’ Christmas gifts received in the shops each year.
Topping the list were scarves, with shops receiving a record number of all shapes and colours after Christmas last year. These were then snapped up by shoppers looking for a post-Christmas bargain.
The second most popular ‘unwanted’ Christmas gift is the seasonal woolly jumper. With Christmas jumpers being the on trend item this season, get in early for next year by snapping up unwanted woollies.
Third on the list was toiletry gift sets; always popular whatever the season.
Meanwhile, ‘double ups’ provide a welcome boost to stock levels at Barnardo’s branches. If customers receive more than one copy of a favourite DVD, the extra copies can be donated to your local branch. Current DVDs are always popular sellers.
Finally, the end of the festive season also sees an influx of household items such as vases, tea sets, dressing table sets and so on.
Louise Fowler, shop manager at Barnardo’s Carrickfergus said: “At some time we have all received a gift at Christmas that’s not suitable or we quite simply don’t want – and if you find yourself in that situation this year you can always find a good home for it by donating it to a Barnardo’s shop.
“The money raised from the sale of goods received by our shops goes directly towards helping disadvantaged children across Northern Ireland, so by donating your unwanted Christmas presents you will not only be recycling but also supporting Barnardo’s.
“Every year Barnardo’s NI works to turn around the lives of thousands of children and young people and our promise to you is that every penny raised locally is used locally.”
Previous unusual donations to Barnardo’s shops post Christmas have included a complete, full sized suit of armour, a stuffed bison, and a ten-man canoe.
And while a bison might not be to everyone’s taste, Barnardo’s can find a customer for all good condition unwanted gifts that are donated.