The Heanor branch of toy retailer Argos has backed a scheme that offers shoppers discount vouchers in return for donating unwanted toys to charity.
The toy exchange has been organised in aid of children’s charity Barnardos, who will sell the donated toys to raise much needed cash for vulnerable youngsters in the run up to Christmas.
Ben Dobson, customer service manager at the store on Heanor retail park, said the initiative was the perfect way to clear out used goods whilst supporting a worthwhile cause.
He said: “Customers will benefit from earning vouchers that can be redeemed for their Christmas shopping, but also be donating to those less fortunate than themselves at the same time it’s win-win! All the staff at our branch are excited to be part of such a brilliant scheme.”
Caring souls can take donations into Argos and Barnardos shops and receive a £5 voucher to be redeemed by Christmas Eve.
The third annual exchange launched at stores across the East Midlands on Wednesday, October 1, and will run until Tuesday, November 25.
Gerard Cousins, Barnardo’s director of retail and trading, said: “After the success of the toy exchange over the last two years, we want to aim to bring the target raised to £2 million, and we believe that with the support of the UK’s children and their families we can.
“Barnardo’s helps some of the most disadvantaged youngsters in the UK suffering from abuse and poverty, and those living in care. Profits from the toys, when sold, will fund this work.”
You can find your nearest branch of Argos at Unit 3, Heanor Retail Park and your nearest Bernardos stores on 9 Mundy Street, Heanor, Unit, Asda Complex, Station Street in Langley Mill at and on Institute Lane in Alfreton.