COVID-19: Your local Oxfam shop needs you
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Last week, for the first time in over 60 years, Oxfam shops across the island of Ireland closed. We made this difficult decision to protect our staff and volunteers, and to do our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Our shops play an invaluable role in raising much-needed funds for our work worldwide – they help ensure we can continue to protect and support some of the most vulnerable people in the world. However, they’re not just vital to our organisation, each one is community hub that has served and been supported by the people of Ireland for decades.
With our shops closed, we need community support now more than ever.
We’re urgently appealing for your help in support of your local Oxfam shop, even if its doors are closed.
We still want the things you don’t! As we all use this time to declutter, please save your donations to drop into us when we’re back up and running – for all of us, hopefully this will be sooner rather than later
At this time of unprecedented change for all of us, our mission remains the same – to let people know how they can help communities facing extreme poverty and disaster. Life-saving work that is only possible because of the Irish public's support.
We believe that sharing the stories and experiences of the communities we work with is even more important now as we monitor and prepare for the potential rapid spread of COVID-19 in the countries in which we work. For people living in flimsy shelters in refugee camps and in communities without adequate hygiene and health infrastructure, the impact of an outbreak doesn’t bear thinking about.
Our shops have been a part of local communities as far back as 1956. That is 64 years of providing people with affordable and sustainable clothing, books, furniture and more.
I hope you will stand with us now and understand why we are asking for your continued support through this global storm that we are all weathering together.