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New Year's Resolutions without cutting back

It seems to be the same each year. If December is the month for indulging, January is definitely the month for cutting back. Chocolate, turkey, spending money, going to parties. A lot of things seem to reach a peak in December, and in January we feel we have to detox and cleanse.

But January doesn’t just have to be about cutting back. Introducing Generous January...

This month, while you find a home for all your new bits and pieces, or try to work out what to do with the three identical jumpers you’ve been gifted, we’re asking you to think of your local charity shop.

When you donate your unwanted items to a Salvation Army charity shop, you are helping to support their work with vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the country. Your pair of shoes could help bring a homeless person into one of our 80 lifehouses, and help to keep them off the streets for good. A few unwanted gift sets for us is the chance to provide a lonely, older person with a meal at one of our weekly lunch clubs.

And even better, giving doesn’t have to be about gifts or unwanted items. If you don’t have things to spare, you might have time. Our need for volunteers is always great, and our charity shops simply could not function without their help. Even just a few hours each week can make a huge difference.

Whether it’s donating items or volunteering with us, your local Salvation Army charity shop needs you! Visit our website www.salvationarmytrading.org/shops/finder to find your nearest shop, and see in store for details. Or you can contact us via our Facebook page – search @sallyarmytrade