Enable Ireland is calling on the public to do a post-Christmas clearout and donate unwanted goods to Enable Ireland shops as a matter of urgency. The call follows an average decrease in donations of 30% nationwide in 2011.
These figures apply to textile bank donations which generate over 60% of stock donated to Enable Ireland. Other methods of stock collection include donations directly to the 21 Enable Ireland shops, house collections and corporate and school Bring Back Days. While in-store donations have increased slightly and house collections are steady, these sources have not compensated for the drop in textile bank donations.
Every donation helps Enable Ireland raise funds for disability services. A minimum of €170,000 each month is required from retail and fundraising activities just to maintain services. The charity is now making an urgent appeal to the public for clothes, shoes, accessories, linen and bric and brac.
“We urgently need stock. We have seen our stock decline by up to 50% in the last year in some areas and we are asking the public to make a special effort to donate clothes and other items,” said Enable Ireland’s retail operations manager, Ann Kelly.“In the last year the Enable Ireland shops have contributed nearly €1 million to support disability services for children and adults in local communities. With other sources of funding in decline, we are relying more than ever on the public to continue their support and donate their unwanted items to our shops.”
Making a donation directly to an Enable Ireland shop is the safest way to donate. Donations can also be made to local Enable Ireland textile banks.