Oxfam want those unwanted Christmas gifts

Oxfam Scotland is appealing for unwanted Christmas gifts to be donated to their shops to raise even more life saving funds.

The charity is asking people to hand in any good quality items they no long want to shops following Christmas, so they can be resold and turned into funds for vital work with people living in poverty in Scotland and around the world.

Oxfam has 50 shops in Scotland and Christmas is their busiest time of year so stock levels need to be replenished. Clothing, books, music and bric-a-brac are all in demand following brisk sales over the festive period.

Oxfam shops raise more than £25m each year to fund life-saving work fighting poverty around the world. Donations of second-hand clothing alone generate around £20m a year for Oxfam’s work.

This money comes partly from sales in the charity’s shops and also from an Oxfam recycling and export business called Wastesaver, which sorts clothing and maximises revenue from textiles that can’t be resold in the shops and minimises the amount of textiles sent to landfill.

Tom Richardson, operations manager for Oxfam shops in Scotland, said that the public had been very generous.

He added: “Oxfam shops are vital in raising funds to fight poverty in Scotland and around the world.

‘‘Donations sold in the shops are turned into millions of pounds every year but we need good quality items to keep them supplied. The public have been very generous this year and we hope they will remember us over the festive period and donate any items to their nearest shop.”