'Tis the season to be jolly but what if you are struggling to make ends meet?
If you are doing OK but perhaps not well enough to support any charities this Christmas how about supporting your local charity shops?
You could volunteer time by helping sorting incoming goods, working in a shop, collecting goods or even having a clear out at home.
As you start your Christmas clean sweep around your home eventually prettying the main rooms up with festive trees, glitz and glamour you are bound to come across unwanted goods..
Books, DVDs, clothes that no longer fit but are in good condition, toys that kids have also outgrown and even old Christmas trees and decorations if you are splashing out on new.
All of these items may be a win win for a charity shop.
The money raised when sold will help the charity The person who buys your old goods should get a very good deal.
Ideal for sale at this time of year in charity shops is kids games and clean, safe soft toys.
Be imaginative and see what you can come up with.
People will also be on the look out for drinking glasses, baking tins, cake tins and goods still in wrappers.
How many times do you buy an item of clothing and never wear it?
Why leave it to get dusty in a wardrobe? Be ruthless and help others along the way.
Follow this link to find your local charity shops
Day 1 - World Aids Day
Day 2 -Food-banks
Day 3 - Shelter
Day 4 - Sponsor a guide dog puppy
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