FALSE teeth, a crocodile head and a bishop’s mitre.
These are just some of the weird and wonderful donations Barnardo’s has been given by their contributors this Christmas.
The children’s charity, which works to improve the lives of youngsters around the UK, has been given a bizarre mix of stuffed animals and false body parts after appealing for unwanted Christmas gifts to sell in its stores.
The unusual donations also included a stuffed stag’s head, three used lavatory brushes, a set of dentures and a bishop’s mitre.
North East Area Business Manager Tracey Brooks 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 them to us for the right reasons.”
But Tracie Mitchinson, manager of the Barnardo’s shop in Pennywell, said many of the items have already been snapped up by shoppers.
“We haven’t got that many odd items left in the shop now, because we have sold a lot of it, and some we have to dispose of when it comes in, as we aren’t allowed to sell it,” she said.
“We have to get rid of things like false teeth straight away.
“This year we have also had things like a cheeky monk ornament, which of course we couldn’t photograph.
“Not to mention a telescope from the 1930s, and a children’s wetsuit.”
Barnardo’s guarantees they can find a customer for all unwanted gifts that are donated to the retail shops, whatever it may be.
The charity estimates that more than £2.4billion worth of unwanted presents are given to people at Christmas, with a third of these ending up gathering dust in the back of a cupboard or loft, all which could be donated to a good cause.
They are appealing for all unwanted gifts, and have compiled a list of their top five most wanted.
This includes ladies, mens and children’s clothing, all accessories, and gift sets and toiletries, and children’s toys.
They also ask for donations of home ware, such as bedding and collectables.
Tracey added: “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 22 shops around the North East alone.
This includes the four shops in Sunderland, on Stockton Road in the city centre, and in Pallion, Pennywell and Seaham.
Donations can be handed in to any of these shops.
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