BARNARDOS children’s charity has appealed to the Cork public to donate any unwanted Christmas gifts to their shop in Cork city.
Barnardos has seven shops nationally including one in North Main Street in Cork city and they are looking to source any unwanted Christmas gifts.
Whether it’s a jumper a size too small, perfume you already have, or a book you've already read, it can be donated to one of Barnardos shops and it will be greatly welcomed by the staff. Every cent generated from a donated item will go towards the charity’s work with children and families in Cork and across Ireland in 2023.
Colette Miller who is the Business Development Manager with Barnardos said all the funds will be reinvested back into supporting the local community.she said.
“We have a great facility in Cork,” said Ms Miller. “We would like to encourage anybody who received something that they didn’t want over the festive season to drop it into the local Barnardos shop in Cork city. Lilian the shop manager will be delighted to receive anything that somebody doesn’t want. She will find another home for it while raising funds for our work in Cork with children and families.
“Charity shops are a great place to shop because we offer everything at excellent value whether it is children’s or adult's clothing or even household goods. I would encourage everybody to come in and have a look at Barnardos because there is great stuff available,” she added.
Ms Miller was full of praise for the support Barnardos has received from the Cork public. “The team in the Cork shop would be very quick to say how busy the shop was throughout last year. We have had great support from the local community in terms of giving us donations.”
Bernadette Harrington, Barnardos Shops Manager said help is needed ‘more’ than ever to cope with the cost-of-living crisis. “As the cost-of-living crisis continues and impacts the vulnerable children and families we support, we need your help more than ever. The funds brought in from each donated item will go directly towards our work with just under 17,000 children and families in communities across the country.”