The Derry President of Saint Vincent De Paul last night warned of a serious downturn in the amount of clothes being donated to the charity because of the rise in ‘cash for clothing’ traders.
Bernard Feeney revealed the charity urgently needs new stocks of clothes and is finding it difficult at the moment with an increasing proportion of regular donors supplementing their income by selling their unwanted clothes to clothing traders.
It’s a situation SVDP has revealed, whih is affecting all 30 of its shops in Northern Ireland.
And Bernard disclosed that even their clothing bins in the city have been robbed by people who have gone on to sell the clothes elsewhere.
“People are offered money for clothes and this is having an impact on us,” he said. “It’s had an effect on the number of First Communion and Confirmation clothes we usually get.
“The shop and the charity needs a regular turnover of clothes. I know people have their own favourite charity and personal circumstances but when clothes are donated to us we recycle them and given them to people who need them, we do not make a profit. Things are at a critical stage as regards donations.”
Regional Shops’ Coordinator, Beni Benstead, said “These traders are popping up country-wide and it is having a really big impact on our shops. Since the recession, the church gate collection has shrunk in many areas and there is a reliance on the local Society charity shop to raise much needed funds to help with oil, food and other essentials in the community.”
If you can donate a few clothing items please drop them at the SVDP shop in William Street or at 22 Bridge Street or call 028 71265489 to arrange collection.