Salvation Army shops in appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts

The Salvation Army shop in Fowler Street.
The Salvation Army shop in Fowler Street.

The Salvation Army Jarrow and South Shields shops are urging people to consider the question: ‘If Christmas is the season for giving, shouldn’t January be the time to give back to others?’

Research by the charity found that people get at least three gifts they don’t want at Christmas, with more than 40 per cent of these ending up at the bottom of our cupboards.

The Salvation Army is asking people to donate any unwanted items to their charity shops in Fowler Street, South Shields, and the Bede precinct in The Viking Centre, Jarrow.

Anthony Cummings, area manager for the Salvation Army Trading Company, said: “When you consider that people spend hundreds of pounds on presents every year, it’s a crying shame that so many Christmas gifts get buried and forgotten. Unwanted clothes and gift items have more value than you think – by donating to us, your items will not only get a new lease of life in someone else’s home, but they help The Salvation Army raise much-needed funds to support vulnerable people here in the UK.”

Christmas might be over, but The Salvation Army’s work with people in need continues.

Its charity shops across the country, including its shops Jarrow and South Shields help to raise money for people living in poverty, providing homelessness and addiction services, care for older people, help at emergency incidents, support for adult victims of modern slavery in England and Wales, a Family Tracing Service and much more.

Anthony added: “We urgently need to keep our shelves stocked with donations so that The Salvation Army can continue running support programmes for people in need.”

All we ask is that people take a look to see what they don’t want and consider donating them after their January clear-out!”

The Salvation Army Trading Company’s charity shops help to raise millions of pounds each year for programmes with people in need; in the last five years alone, the British public has helped its reuse and recycling initiatives raise over £35million for the church and charity.