Staff and volunteers at the Salvation Army Trading Company’s charity shop launched their 2013 Christmas campaign on Tuesday.
As they prepared the shop at 7 Castle Street for the festive season, their appeal to shoppers is “All we want for Christmas is… your donations!”
As well as revealing the special Christmas stock the team has been saving up all year, including gifts, toys, jewellery and winter clothing, they appealed to shoppers to think about what they can give back to the shop at Christmas.
Arlene McKenna, area manager for Salvation Army Trading Company, said: “Our Christmas launch is always a special day as shoppers can get their hands on all the festive stock we’ve been saving up since last Christmas.
“There are some fantastic, high quality bargains to be had that will make wonderful Christmas presents for loved ones.
“However, we’d also like to encourage people to think about what they might be able to donate this Christmas. Whether it’s a winter coat, woolly hat, children’s toy, Christmas party dress, book, DVD, bric-a-brac – whatever you can spare – they will all help us provide affordable Christmas presents for people in the community whilst raising money for The Salvation Army, which does such wonderful work at Christmas time.”
The shop unveiled new window posters and Christmas card-style leaflets showing customers what a big difference donating their unwanted items could make.
Arlene continued: “We hope that our festive messages resonate with customers old and new. We’re all so busy at this time of year that we wanted to give people a reason to stop and think about how something small like donating a few items to a charity shop can really make a big difference to the lives of others.”
Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) is a trading arm of The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It was formed in 1991 and opened its first retail shop in 1993. It now operates a network of more than 180 shops throughout the UK, which offer people in local communities the chance to purchase clothing and other items at affordable prices. Profit from these shops is gift-aided to The Salvation Army and help to fund its charitable work in the UK. SATCoL was established to create jobs, to benefit the environment and, through profitable trading to help fund The Salvation Army’s work in the U.K.