Sunday 24 February 2019

Barnardos want to turn your unwanted gifts into cash

Bill Browne

While Christmas is a time for giving, January can become a time for 'giving away', with the charity Barnardos appealing for people to donate their unwanted gifts to them.

If you have received a jumper that is not quite the one for you, two of your favourite books or a CD that you already have, the charity can easily convert them into cash to help fund the work it does throughout the year. 

Each year the charity works with over 15,000 children and their families at their 40 centres around Ireland, relying on the generosity of the public to help fund their activities. 

Barnardos spokesperson Bernadette Harrington said people can drop their unwanted gifts into their chop on Cork's North Main Street "safe in the knowledge that its sale will make someone else happy and at the same time raise money for our work."

"Every Christmas many of us receive gifts that, no matter how well intentioned, just aren't the right choice for us. Rather than holding onto something you might not use, you could give it a much more special purpose," said Bernadette.

She said that donation, big or small, are "always welcomed." 

"From clothes, shoes and accessories, to household goods, children's toys, art and books - there's something for everyone in Barnardos shops. The gift that wasn't right for you might be the perfect gift for someone else, and your donation will go one step further by supporting with children and families around the country," said Bernadette.

"So start 2019 off in the right way by donating your unwanted gifts to Barnardos," she added. 

To find out more about the work that Barnardos does visit