Oxfam Scotland has issued an appeal to Bute residents to donate unwanted Christmas gifts to their shops to help them raise even more life-saving funds in 2014.
The charity is asking people to hand in any good quality items they no longer want to shops following Christmas, so they can be resold and turned into funds for Oxfam’s vital work with people living in poverty in Scotland and around the world.
Oxfam has 50 shops in Scotland - with the Rothesay branch located in Montague Street - 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.
Whether it’s gifts they don’t like, or making room for presents they love, Oxfam is hoping the public will donate to a charity shop, rather than binning items.
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 Oxfam shops and also from an Oxfam recycling and export business called Wastesaver. Wastesaver sorts clothing and maximises revenue from textiles that can’t be resold in Oxfam shops and minimises the amount of textiles sent to landfill.
Tom Richardson, Operations Manager for Oxfam shops in Scotland, said: “Oxfam shops are vital in raising funds to fight poverty in Scotland and around the world. Donations sold in Oxfam shops are turned into millions of pounds every year but we need good quality items to keep the shops supplied. The public have been very generous this year and we hope they will remember us over the festive period and donate any items they don’t want or need to their nearest Oxfam shop.”