Barnardos is urging people in the UK to give away any Christmas presents that they don’t want to the charity. They are saying that people should give their gifts to the charity shop so that funds that are needed by the charity can be raised through the presents’ sale.
Recent estimates by the charity said that around one in every three gifts given are unwanted by the recipient. Another estimate by eBay suggests that over £650 million was spent this Christmas on gifts that are not wanted, the company has a boom every year as people sell gifts they have received online.
A business manager of Barnardos is Marie Williams and she has said, “Every year we all will probably receive at least one gift that we don’t really want, it might be something unsuitable or just clothing in the wrong size.
If you have a gift that you don’t want by giving it a Barnardos you are helping some of the most disadvantaged children in the country. Each year Barnardos in Scotland helps around 10,000 children and every penny we raise goes towards supporting more children in the future.”
There are nearly 70 Barnardos stores in Scotland alone and there is a special donation centre which can be found in Edinburgh. Barnardos are also urging people to come to their stores to see if there are gifts there at a great price that they did not receive from friends or family.
Barnardos has said that some of the most unwanted Christmas presents this year include toiletry sets and digital photo frames. The latter of these has had significant decline in popularity over the last few years but it can still make a great gift for yourself or a friend. Barnardos also receives a lot of DVDs from people who already had a copy.