Locals asked to donate unwanted gifts

Barnardo's is hoping to benefit from a bonanza of unwanted gifts.
Barnardo's is hoping to benefit from a bonanza of unwanted gifts.

A charity is appealing to Brechin and Edzell residents to donate unwanted and duplicated gifts now that the festive season is over.

Children’s charity, Barnardo’s, is appealing for gifts to be donated to it’s stores, rather than locals selling items online.

By donating items to Barnardo’s, you can help support their vital work with some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged families and children.

Martin Crewe, director of Barnardo’s Scotland, who received a couple of ‘doublers’ himself, said: ”I’m delighted to support Barnardo’s Scotland’s retail appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts.

“It’s a great idea to turn something that you don’t want or will never use into a positive donation to charity, instead of it taking up valuable space in the back of the cupboard.”

To help potential donors, the charity has devised a list of the top four ‘Most Unwanted’ gifts received in the stores last year; double ups - extra copies of DVDs or CDs can be donated and are always popular sellers; toiletry gift sets are always popular, whatever the season; household items including vases, tea sets and dressing table sets and scarves, which were received in record numbers and in all shapes and colours after Christmas last and were snapped up by shoppers looking for a post-Christmas bargain.

Barnardo’s Scotland says it can find a customer for unwanted gifts that are donated and, as it is estimated that more than £2.4 billion worth of unwanted presents are regularly received at Christmas, with a third of these ending up gathering dust in the back of a cupboard or loft, the charity says that recycling is always a good option.

Barnardo’s stores are dependent upon the public’s donations and their profits go directly into the charity’s work. Donations can be made at one of Barnardo’s Scotland’s 73 stores across Scotland, including the stores in Montrose and Arbroath.