Oxfam appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts

The Bute branch of Oxfam.

The Bute branch of Oxfam.

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Oxfam Scotland is appealing for unwanted Christmas gifts to be donated to their shops to help them raise even more life-saving funds in 2015.

Now that that glittering pile of presents under the Christmas tree has been replaced by a bag full of wrapping paper, it is inevitable that not all of the Christmas presents people have received will be to their liking.

No matter how thoughtful and generous our friends and relatives are, there is a good chance that many of us will receive at least one or two gifts that we are unlikely to use.

That’s where Oxfam can help. Oxfam shops can sell your unwanted goods so that they help raise vital funds for Oxfam’s life-saving and life-changing work across the world.

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

Right now Oxfam needs these vital funds in responding to a series of emergencies around the world including: the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; the Syrian refugee crisis; the growing food insecurity in South Sudan; and to helping people in desperate need in Gaza following the recent conflict.

Tom Richardson, Oxfam Trading Operations Manager for Scotland, said: “I would encourage everyone to take their unwanted clothing, bags and accessories, books, CDs and DVDs, as well as jewellery, toys and soft furnishings to their local Oxfam shop.

“As long as the items are in good condition, we will be able to sell these items raising money to allow Oxfam to help people create a better future for their family and community.”

Jamie Livingstone, Head of Oxfam Scotland, added: “2014 was an incredibly busy year with Oxfam responding to a series of humanitarian emergencies.

“From disease, to conflict, to weather related crises – it is essential we have the ability to keep responding, and that relies on the huge generosity of the people of Scotland.”