Appeal for donation of surplus gifts

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St Vincent de Paul NI (SVP NI) is appealing to people in Craigavon and Lurgan area who have received any unwanted gifts this Christmas to donate them to its charity shops.

The shops - Vincent’s - have outlets located at 14-16 William Street in Lurgan, in the Moyraverty Centre in Craigavon and the Tullygally Shopping Centre, Tullygally, Craigavon.

The Society is grateful for all donations of unwanted gifts, clothing and bric-a-brac with the funds raised by the shop staying in the area and used to support the charity’s services for local people in need.

Pauline Brown, regional manager of SVP NI, explained: “Through local volunteers, the charity works to help alleviate poverty in the area and to tackle its causes.

“The Vincent’s charity shops also provide a vital lifeline to those in the community who use the shops to pick-up goods at a low-cost as well as a hub for meeting people and having a friendly chat with our volunteers.

“But importantly they are a vital way for us to raise much needed funds to support and expand our work further into the local community and help even more people in the area. Home visits are the cornerstone of our work and every week thousands of visits are carried out throughout Northern Ireland where we assist families and individuals through social contact, advice and practical support, mainly to help them with food, energy and educational costs.”

To find out more about how to donate or volunteer with SVP NI, please call the local Vincent’s shop in the first instance on 028 3832 2102 (Lurgan), 028 3834 4881 (Moyraverty Centre) or 028 3834 1513 (Tullygally Shopping Centre).