Oxfam rises from the ashes and they need your unwanted gifts

Oxfam rises from the ashes and they need your unwanted gifts

The Dundalk Oxfam shop on Clanbrassil Street - which was gutted by fire last year - is back up and running, and what's more, they want your unwanted Christmas presents.

A blaze gutted the building in the early hours of the morning, leaving the long serving staff devastated.

After the mysterious fire, the charity picked up the pieces and started a new shop up the road at 39 Clanbrassil Street.

Oxfam Dundalk is well and truly back up and running, and has issued an appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts to be donated. The shop on is asking people to consider giving clothes, accessories and other items which can be turned into much-needed funds for Oxfam’s work worldwide, including the emergency response to the ongoing refugee crisis.

Research conducted by the charity has shown that eight out of 10 (80 per cent) people in Leinster have received an unwanted Christmas present on Christmas morning, with clothes (60 per cent), beauty products/toiletries (62 per cent), and books (30 per cent) top of the list. Other unpopular presents included gadgets (28 per cent) and jewellery and homewares (both at 25 per cent).

The findings were part of a nationwide survey which also found that 85 per cent of Irish adults would consider donating their unwanted Christmas gifts to a charity shop, with females (88 per cent) more open to donating than men (82 per cent).

Oxfam Dundalk Shop Manager Marie Neary said: "Oxfam Dundalk has been open since 1990 and for almost 26 years we have experienced incredible generosity from the local community in Dundalk and the county - not only in terms of our wonderful volunteers but also supporters who donate and shop in-store.

"Got a new winter coat or some woollies and don’t know what to do with the old ones? Or even a book you’ve already read or DVD you’ve already watched? Think twice before shoving them to the back of the wardrobe or in that drawer that holds everything.

"At Oxfam Dundalk we want the things you don’t and are calling on people to support their local store by dropping in those less than perfect presents and other unwanted items. Every donation counts, no matter how big or small. It only takes a moment to bag an unwanted gift, but that can go a long way towards changing the life of someone living in poverty."

Those donating can also avail of 20 per cent discount in-store through Drop and Shop – a simple two-step process where people bag up their unwanted items and drop them to Oxfam Dundalk. When dropping in their donations, they will get a 20 per cent discount on selected items when they shop in-store during the same visit. Oxfam Dundalk welcomes a wide range of donations. These can include clothes, unopened beauty products, books, gadgets and jewellery, as well as bags and accessories, CDs, DVDs, homewares, soft furnishings, furniture and even wedding dresses.

The funds raised support Oxfam’s work, including responding to emergencies in places like Syria and South Sudan.

and long-term projects that lift people out of extreme poverty.