St Vincent de Paul: Charity shop appeals for donations

St Vincent de Paul are appealing foe unwanted Christmas gifts to be donated to them.

St Vincent de Paul are appealing foe unwanted Christmas gifts to be donated to them.

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St Vincent de Paul NI (SVP NI) is appealing to people in the City who have received any unwanted gifts this Christmas to donate them to its charity shop Vincent’s, which is located at 34a William Street. The Society is grateful for all donations of unwanted gifts, clothing and bric-a-brac with the funds raised by the shop staying in the area and used to support the charity’s services for local people in need.

Pauline Brown, regional manager of SVP NI, explained: “Through local volunteers, the charity works to help alleviate poverty in the area and to tackle its causes. The Vincent’s charity shops also provide a vital lifeline to those in the community who use the shops to pick-up goods at a low-cost as well as a hub for meeting people and having a friendly chat with our volunteers. But importantly they are a vital way for us to raise much needed funds to support and expand our work further into the local community and help even more people in the area. Home visits are the cornerstone of our work and every week thousands of visits are carried out throughout Northern Ireland where we assist families and individuals through social contact, advice and practical support, mainly to help them with food, energy and educational costs.”

She added: “Donations to the shop would be extremely welcome. We would be so grateful if people can have a hunt around after Christmas and set aside any unwanted gifts or perhaps pre-loved toys which Santa has replaced with new ones, which we could then sell in our shop to raise money to help people who find themselves in difficult financial situations. At this time of year many people also take advantage of the January sales and redecorate their homes so if they do have old furniture or electrical items in good condition, we would ask that they consider donating to St Vincent de Paul. We can arrange collection of large items and will be sure to find them a good home.”

SVP is a volunteer-led organisation and teams work tirelessly, 365 days a year, to provide assistance to all sections of the community across Northern Ireland. Through Conferences (groups), the Society works with those in need, irrespective of creed, ethnic or social backgrounds, health, gender or political opinions, in local areas.

Around 1660 SVP volunteers provide the charity’s wide-ranging services in NI which includes making around 2000 visits a week to marginalised and low-income individuals and families in need of support, as well as operating various activities across the province including crèches, breakfast clubs and the management of 30 Vincent’s charity shops.

To find out more about how to donate or volunteer with SVP NI, please call the local Vincent’s shop in the first instance on 028 7126 8325.