Barnardo’s and Argos join forces for Christmas

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Children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland has joined forces with UK toy giant Argos to launch its first toy exchange.

Usefully, both have branches in Montrose.

Parents and children are encouraged to donate toys to raise money for some of the country’s most disadvantaged children and young people.

‘Donation stations’ are in operation now at Barnardo’s Argos stores. Members of the public donate unwanted toys in exchange for a £5 voucher towards the cost of new toys (minimum £35 spend) to be redeemed at Argos by December 24.

Research by Argos shows that the average UK family has 80 toys but children only play with one-third of them, resulting in 486 million unplayed-with toys.

Gerard Cousins, Barnardo’s director of retail said: “We are very excited about this innovative project which gives children and their parents the opportunity to exchange ‘old for the new’ whilst helping some of the most disadvantaged children and families.

“Christmas can be a difficult time for many, particularly those living in poverty. Every penny raised through the sale of these toys in Barnardo’s stores will go directly toward helping those in greatest need.”

Each year 13 million toys end up in the dustbin and landfill sites, many of which are in good condition and could be given a new home.

In stark contrast there are currently 3.6 million children living in poverty in the UK which is almost a third of all children.

All of the toys donated through the Argos Toy Exchange will be passed on to Barnardo’s Scotland to be sold in its retail stores.

Every penny of profit made in Barnardo’s Scotland retail stores then goes directly into their work with some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children and young people.