A charity shop in Polegate is appealing to residents to take part in its Christmas Charity Shop Challenge.
The Salvation Army Charity shop is challenging people to spend just a little of their Christmas budget in charity shops to help make a big difference to those in need.
It is also asking people to donate unwanted gifts this Christmas after a recent poll by the Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd found only 36 per cent of women and 25 per cent of men give them to charity.
Sally Walters, area manager of the Salvation Army Tading Company, said: “This is why we’re launching our Christmas Charity Shop Challenge in Polegate. Our charity shops are treasure troves for gift potential – Christmas jumpers or once-worn dresses, books and DVD box sets, vintage jewellery. The beauty is uncovering a real gem or a bargain and knowing your money is going towards a good cause that’s desperately in need of your support.”
The poll revealed that on average each person in the country receives around three presents they do not want at Christmas.The survey of 2,000 consumers from across the UK also revealed that in the South East people expect to spend more than £240 on gifts and Christmas outfits.
Ms Walters added: “It’s astonishing to find out that we spend so much at Christmas when so many people receive gifts they don’t actually want.”
The charity is encouraging shoppers to venture into their nearest charity shops, find or donate some items and upload photos of them online at www.salvationarmytrading.org/charitychallenge or by using #MyCharityChallenge on Twitter.
Ms Walters said: “Instead of wasting cash on novelty gifts that will gather dust, you could find unique stocking fillers from charity shops while helping us raise vital funds. We want people to take on the Christmas Charity Shop Challenge and help us spread the word by sharing their photos of all the wonderful items out there.”