Oxfam Ireland is calling on the people of Dundalk to donate unwanted Christmas gifts and make a world a difference to people living in extreme poverty in 2014.
The charity shop, located on Clanbrassil Street, is in critical need of donations to raise funds for its work around the world, including the ongoing emergency response in areas left devastated by the Philippines typhoon.
Studies have shown that typically two-thirds of people will receive an unwanted gift at Christmas and the most unpopular categories of presents include clothing and accessories, beauty products, toiletries and jewellery.
Oxfam Ireland’s Head of Retail Michael McIlwaine said: “No matter how small the donation, every little helps. It takes just a moment to bag an unwanted item but it could change a life forever.
“Whether it’s novelty gifts, clothes and jewellery that’s just not to your taste or copies of books and CDs you already had, think twice before binning that unwanted present or shoving it into the back of the wardrobe.
“Our Oxfam shop in Dundalk really needs the things you don’t and we are appealing people to support the Make Space for Oxfam appeal. By dropping in those less than perfect presents and other unwanted items to Oxfam, you’ll be helping to make a real difference to the lives of people in crisis and in poverty around the world.
“The vital funds your gifts will raise mean we can continue our life-saving work. Right now we are helping families whose lives have been devastated by the Philippines typhoon and Syria crisis.”