VIDEO: MEP Richard Howitt urges donations of unwanted Christmas gifts
MEP for the East of England Richard Howitt visited the Oxfam store in Diss last week to encourage residents to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts.
Labour MEP Mr Howitt donated an England 1966 onesie to the store, on Market Hill.
Mr Howitt said: “The Oxfam in Diss has already raised enough money to build a new classroom for a school in a developing country and to provide it with clean water for children who wouldn’t otherwise get access to water, and that is a brilliant reflection of the generosity of the local community in Diss. There are a number of superb volunteers who work in this shop and if any of us in the community can aid those efforts by giving any unwanted Christmas gifts, then I hope my donation today sets the example to others.”
Store manager Sue Morgan added: “To me any donation is valuable, because we turn it into money for the programme.”
She added that unwanted Christmas gifts were often new and unused, with a range of items, from toiletries, to books, toys and games having already been donated.
Mr Howitt’s visit marked the start of the European Year of Development, which aims to highlight the importance of international development and is dedicated to development cooperation.