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  • Published: 21st December 2022
  • Press Release by Samantha Andrades

Did Santa Slip-Up? Never mind donate unwanted Christmas gifts to Oxfam

woman holding unwanted christmas gift

We all get gifts we wouldn’t have chosen ourselves. Whether it's an item you already own, could never use, or doesn’t suit you and it can be hard to know what to do as we all try to cut back on waste. But Oxfam Ireland’s network of shops welcomes your donations year-round and your unwanted gift could be a lifesaving gift for someone, somewhere.

Unpopular or duplicate Christmas gifts can be resold at one of Oxfam Ireland’s 47 stores to help raise vital funds for their life-saving work worldwide in 2022. So, they are calling on people to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts when their shops reopen on December 27th.

Items accepted for donation include clothes, beauty products, books, gadgets and jewellery, as well as bags and accessories, CDs, DVDs, homewares, soft furnishings, furniture and even wedding dresses. The sale of these items will raise funds for Oxfam’s work worldwide, including the ongoing emergency response to the crisis in Yemen, and the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. 

Trevor Anderson, Oxfam Ireland's Director of Trading, says: “We are appealing to the generosity of the public this Christmas to donate their unwanted gifts. Maybe Santa didn’t bring exactly what was on your Christmas list but it only takes a moment to drop your unwanted gift into one of our stores and it could change a life forever.

“We’re asking you to think twice before you push that unwanted gift to the back of the wardrobe. These unwanted gifts are at their best when fresh and in the original wrapping. No matter how small, your donation will help us to continue our vital work into 2022.”

Oxfam Ireland reopens their 47 stores across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, December 27th. You can find a full list of stores here



CONTACT: Alice Dawson Lyons | alice.dawsonlyons@oxfam.org | +353 (0) 83 198 1869

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