Brechin shop’s gift amnesty

Salvation Army Trading Company charity shops in Forfar and Brechin are offering those with unwanted Christmas presents the chance to give them a good home this festive season with their gift amnesty scheme ‘re:gift’.

Launched on Tuesday (yesterday) it enables customers to hand in any unwanted presents with the promise of everything being accepted until the end of February, with ‘no questions asked’.

All donations will be either reused or recycled, with profits gift-aided to The Salvation Army to help fund its valuable work throughout the UK. Homeless services, elderly care, family tracing, addictions services and assistance at emergencies are just some of the services the well-loved charity provides across the country.

Area manager Arlene McKenna said: “Re:gift is the perfect chance for people to get rid of those well meant but unwanted Christmas presents in order to make room for some sale shopping, whilst helping to raise money for charity. It may not be to your taste or fit properly but chances are if you’ve only just received it, it will be in very good condition and crying out for a new home. We’re accepting everything from clothing to toys, CDs, DVDs and bric-a-brac – just remember that one person’s unwanted present could be another’s prized find.”

Although Salvation Army Trading Company shops welcome quality donations all year round, re:gift means that until the end of February nothing will be rejected. Even things that cannot be sold will be recycled wherever possible.

Customers dropping off unwanted Christmas presents will also be offered one of the store’s innovative new ‘re:ward’ loyalty cards which rewards customers each time they spend £5 in the shop or donate their unwanted items using one of the shop’s reuseable ‘re:bags’. For more information on the re:gift gift amnesty scheme, pop into your local shop at 2/4 Bridge Street, Brechin.