The Recycle Room in Whitecrook is urging Bankies to get into the spirit of giving this Christmas by donating any unwanted items to be re-used by others in the community.

The run-up to December 25 is the perfect time to clear out and the service is on the hunt for general household items in particular, as well as used toys, games, dvds and books for their toy event for Christmas on November 24.

The initiative, which now has a permanent home within the Hub, has gone from “strength to strength” since it was launched roughly four years ago to encourage community sharing and the reuse of school uniforms.

While the service is invaluable to people who are struggling to make ends meet, it also encourages recycling, reusing and community spirit.

Organiser Nichola Mable told the Post: "We have had a high number of referrals and are looking for curtains, light-shades, bedding, towels, side tables, lamps, paint, wallpaper. All the small items that make a house a home.

"Christmas is always a busy time and our service is especially vital at this time of year and by providing people with coats, warm clothing and toys etc, we can save people a lot of heartache.

"Everything goes to a loving home and helps the local community."

The toy event will be held between 11am and 1pm in the main hall at Centre81 with a special guest opening the day.

It will have everything from toys, bikes, household items, clothes and shoes.

Drop by the Recycle Room at the Hub on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at 11 am to 1 pm or arrange a further day or time by appointment. Contact for more information.