Recycle your unwanted Christmas gifts

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A Scots children’s charity is urging people to recycle and re-gift their Christmas presents to help vulnerable children in the year ahead.

Barnardo’s Scotland says it would also help bring festive cheer to those who have gone without.

Barnardo’s is appealing for duplicate and unwanted gifts from the Christmas period to be donated to their shops in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire so they can be sold to raise vital funds.

The organisation has stores in Aberdeen, Inverurie and Peterhead.

Martin Crewe, director of Barnardo’s Scotland said: “We’ve all received a gift at Christmas that’s not suitable, such as the wrong size clothing or two of the same items.

“By donating any unusable or duplicate Christmas presents to our shops you will not only be re-gifting, but also helping Scotland’s most disadvantaged children.

“Every penny raised in our shops plays a vital part in ensuring we continue to support these children.”

Barnardo’s can find a customer for all unwanted gifts that are donated.

It is estimated that in the UK 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, so recycling is always a good option.

The charity has 78 stores across the country.

Shoppers can buy quality collectibles, household goods, books, toys, fashions, books and accessories – perhaps even finding the present they really wanted to find under the tree.

To find the nearest branch visit www.barnardos.org.uk/shop

Store locations in the North-east are: Aberdeen - 22/23 Castle Street, 200 Union Street, Unit 7 Westhill Shopping Centre, Old Skene Road, 34 St Andrews Street.

Aberdeenshire - Peterhead - 12 Errol Street; Inverurie - Unit 4, Gairloch Centre.

Barnardo’s works with more than 26,500 children and young people in over 122 specialised community-based services across Scotland. Its work includes: fostering and adoption services and support, helping children break free from sexual exploitation, supporting young carers; helping young people in to employment and helping children living in poverty.

Visit www.barnardos.org.uk/scotland to find out how to become involved.