CHARITY shops are being left with the January blues after a stock shortage.
Sue Glossop-Freebody, who runs the YMCA shop in South Shields, says she hasn’t seen the usual post-Christmas hike in donations.
The decline is blamed on more people looking to raise extra cash by selling old and unwanted items on websites such as eBay, rather than handing them to their local charity shop.
Now, staff at the Ocean Road shop are desperate for clothing, furniture, and other things to sell in order to raise funds.
Sue said: “Normally, after Christmas time, we get a lot of donations of unwanted gifts and old clothing, but we haven’t seen that this year.
“Usually when people get new pyjamas and things like that, they’ll bring us their old ones, but I think people are holding on to their things for a lot longer these days.
“People are also giving clothes away to friends and relatives, or selling them on websites like eBay, and we have seen a big dip in donations.
I’ve been here five years now, and I’ve never seen our stock this low.
“We do have our regular donators who we’re very grateful to but we really need more people to come forward.
“It’s very important that people continue to donate to charity shops like ours, because the money goes straight into helping young people in the community to make a life for themselves.
“We aren’t one of the bigger name charities and I think we may be forgotten about sometimes, but the work the YMCA does is very important.
“The charity helps kids who have fallen on hard times, and maybe even found themselves homeless, get back on their feet.
“Everyone deserves a second chance.”
To contact the shop, call 456 4381.