Charity shop launches largest children’s section in Gloucestershire just in time for Christmas

The opening of a new children's section in Gloucester's YMCA aims to help with the cost-of-living crisis with affordable ways to keep children warm and entertained over the festive period and beyond.

By Emma Luther  |  Published

Gloucester’s YMCA charity shop is launching the largest children’s section in Gloucestershire to help with the cost-of-living crisis.

The Northgate Street shop will open its new bargain area this week.

It will offer shoppers high-quality, low-cost children’s items for all ages, from winter coats, hats and ski wear, to essential items, toys and books.

New manager Sally Druce wanted to open the new section in response to customer requests and due to the huge amount of children’s stock familes have donated.

Druce said: ‘So many people have been in the shop and said they are concerned about the price of everything going up. Children’s clothing and toys can be so expensive, but we get so many items which are hardly used.

'We can make a difference to the cost of everything for people’s children and perhaps even presents for Christmas.’

Along with children’s items, customers have been requesting other things in response to the cost-of-living crisis, including mechanical equipment instead of plug-in items in preparation for potential energy blackouts.

A colourful window display will celebrate the new children’s section.

The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday. Please bring donations to the shop on Northgate Street, where there are plenty of voluntary roles on offer too.

YMCA is the largest and oldest youth charity in the world. 

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