Charity appeals for unwanted Christmas gifts

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Regional Chief Reporter

A SET of false teeth, a full-sized skeleton and a crocodile’s head that was an ashtray in disguise are just some of the weird and wonderful donations given to a charity.

Barnardo’s, which has 22 shops across the North-East, said it had been given an amazing mixture of items in recent years after appealing for unwanted Christmas gifts to sell in its shops.

Other donations have included three used lavatory brushes, dentures, a full-sized stuffed bison and a ten-man canoe Tracey Brooks, Barnardo’s North-East area business manager, said: “While toilet brushes and sets of false teeth are not what we have in mind when asking for unwanted Christmas gifts, we accept that people are giving to us for the right reasons.

“However, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure and something one person would never buy in a million years could be exactly what someone else has been searching for.

“We are always in need of good quality donations at our shops in the North-East after Christmas and all proceeds from the stores go towards helping turn around the lives of thousands of children and young people.”

Barnardo’s has put together a list of their top five most wanted gifts, which are clothing, accessories, gifts sets and toiletries, homeware and toys.

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