Your unwanted Christmas gifts would be welcomed at Melton’s Salvation Army shop

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Salvation Army’s Nuneaton and Melton Mowbray shops are urging local people to help others by donating their unwanted presents.

The Salvation Army Nuneaton and Melton Mowbray shops are urging locals from their towns and surrounding areas 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 we each get at least three gifts we don’t want at Christmas, with over 40 per cent of these ending up at the bottom of our cupboards. With this in mind, The Salvation Army is asking people to donate any unwanted items to charity in the New Year.

Christine Westwood, 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 Nuneaton and Melton Mowbray, 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.

Christine 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 £35 million for the church and charity.