What is Christmas like in the charity sector ?

For many people Christmas is a time for family, for presents and, for many, church services, carols and parties. In the depths of the British winter, when the days are at their shortest and darkest, Christmas is a time for a great celebration. And of course, barely have we recovered from the extra food and other Christmas excesses, when the bells ring out to welcome in the New Year – after more late nights and more partying people across the country will begin to look forward to new opportunities and new hope for the year ahead.
Meanwhile for business throughout the country life goes on; there is a brief pause for the festive season but behind the scenes nothing really stops. And never is this more true than for the thousands of UK charity shops and the people and organisations that work with these charities enabling them to raise substantial sums of money in support of so many worthwhile causes. For companies like Choice Textile, arrangements are made weeks in advance to ensure that the regular collections of unsold and recyclable items will still be made before, during and after the holiday shutdowns. Without this silent, hidden support many charity shops would find themselves overwhelmed with items filling up their store rooms and then unable to operate until the Choice driver arrives to remove the sacks of unsold clothing that must be removed to make way for further donations.
And the pressure doesn’t stop there… not surprisingly given a few extra days holiday, this is also the time of year when many people take the opportunity to sort out their drawers and cupboards ready to donate more items to their favourite charity. Add to this the huge quantity of unwanted Christmas gifts also destined for charity shops and the problems of dealing with much wanted new donations reaches crisis proportions. Again it is companies like Choice to the rescue, providing regular, reliable and often extra collections so that each charity shop can continue to provide a safe environment for their staff with space to work in order to raise those desperately needed funds