Unwanted Christmas gifts can help people in need say Oxfam

Oxfam Ireland’s Portadown shop are calling for donations of unwanted Christmas gifts which could help raise vital funds for the charity’s life-saving work worldwide in 2015.

A survey from Oxfam Ireland shows that more than eight out of 10 (83%) adults have received an unwanted Christmas present, with clothes (56%), beauty products (56%) and books (31%) top of the list.

By donating unwanted gifts and other items to the Oxfam Portadown shop, here’s how you’ll be helping to change lives:

The sale of that “too-big” top for £6 could help purify around 2,000 litres of water, making it safe to drink for South Sudanese families.

The sale of an unopened cosmetics set sold for £11 could give a family in the Democratic Republic of Congo an eco-friendly efficient stove, designed to be hotter than traditional cooking methods while using only half the wood.

A necklace sold for £24 could feed a child orphaned by AIDS in Malawi for three and a half months