Oxfam appeals for unwanted festive gifts

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An appeal has been made by Oxfam Scotland for unwanted Christmas gifts to be donated to its shops.

The charity wants people to hand in any good-quality items they no longer want so they can be resold and turned into funds for Oxfam’s vital work with people living in poverty at home and abroad.

Oxfam has 50 shops in Scotland and Christmas is its busiest time of year. Clothing, books, music and bric-a-brac are all in demand following brisk sales over the festive period.

Oxfam shops raise more than £25 million annually to fund life-saving work fighting poverty around the world. Donations of second-hand clothing alone generate around £20 million.

Tom Richardson, Oxfam shops operations manager 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.”