Gorta appeals to Offaly people for unwanted Christmas gifts

Gorta, Ireland’s longest established overseas development agency, has appealed to the people of Offaly to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts to its charity shop in Portlaoise as part of its annual appeal.

Gorta, Ireland’s longest established overseas development agency, has appealed to the people of Offaly to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts to its charity shop in Portlaoise as part of its annual appeal.

As with many organisations across the country, the charity retail sector is going through a very challenging time with regards to merchandise and donations, so help is urgently needed. Any items donated, no matter how big or small, are hugely appreciated.

Maggie Dwyer, Gorta’s Fundraising and Retail Manager said, “Christmas is traditionally a time for giving, and often, after the festivities are over, many gifts are thrown to one side and forgotten about. These unwanted items may seem unimportant to some but they are incredibly valuable to Gorta. In this challenging climate, it is now more important than ever for us to receive merchandise donations.”

She continued, “Our shop in Portlaoise accepts most things such as CDs, DVDs, books, clothes, jewellery, bric-a-brac and household goods. The only exceptions are toys and electrical goods which cannot be accepted for health and safety reasons. But everything else, even old clothes, can be used by our shop.”

All profits from the sales of items in the shops go to Gorta’s work overseas, which is concentrated on sustainable long-term development with particular emphasis on food and water security and enabling people to foster sustainable livelihoods. Donations from people across the county mean that Gorta can continue its work eliminating hunger in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Items can be delivered to Gorta’s charity shop located at 5 Kelton House, Portlaoise. The shop re-opened for business at 10am on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013.