Oxfam in Derry issue plea for unwanted gifts

Displaced Iraqis at the Syrian border. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
Displaced Iraqis at the Syrian border. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

A Derry charity shop has issued a call for people to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts.

Oxfam Ireland’s Derry shop staff at the Diamond said the gifts could help funs the charity’s life-saving work worldwide in 2015, including in Syria and South Sudan.

A new survey from Oxfam Ireland shows that 83% of adults have received an unwanted Christmas present, with clothes (56%), beauty products (56%) and books (31%) top of the list.

Oxfam Derry’s shop manager Roberta Campbell said: “No matter how small the donation, every little helps. It takes just a moment to bag an unwanted gift but it could change a life forever.

“Whether you received two identical gifts or simply something you don’t need, our shops want the things you don’t. We are calling on people to support their local Oxfam Derry shop by dropping in those less than perfect presents and other unwanted items.

“The vital funds your gifts will raise mean we can continue our life-saving work, from emergency response and long-term projects that lift people out of poverty to campaigning that gives a voice to the vulnerable.”