Recycle your unwanted Christmas gifts and make children happy

CHILDREN’S charity Barnardo’s is urging local people to recycle their unwanted Christmas gifts and help vulnerable children at the same time.

Barnardo’s NI is appealing for unwanted gifts from the festive season so they can be sold on to raise vital funds.

Diane Winter, Head of Retail for the charity said: “At some time we have all received a gift at Christmas that’s not suitable or we quite simply don’t want.

“If you find yourself in that situation this year you can always find a good home for it by donating it to a Barnardo’s shop.

“The money raised from the sale of goods received by our shops goes directly towards helping disadvantaged children across Northern Ireland, so by donating your unwanted Christmas presents you will not only be recycling but also supporting Barnardo’s.

“Every year Barnardo’s NI works to turn around the lives of thousands of children and young people and our promise to you is that every penny raised locally is used locally.”

To help potential donors out Barnardo’s has devised a list of the top five most ‘unwanted’ Christmas gifts received in its shops each year: Scarves, jumpers, toiletry sets, DVDs and CDs.

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