Fac­ing up to a drop in tak­ings

The Oban Times - - News -

THE RISE in pop­u­lar­ity of buy­ing and selling items on so­cial media sites is lead­ing to a drop in do­na­tions for two Oban-based char­i­ties.

Ni­cholas Holden, who has been a vol­un­teer at the Ox­fam store in the town for three years, said: ‘There’s been a lack of do­na­tions this year. I think it might be be­cause of peo­ple buy­ing and selling things on Face­book.’

Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion man­ager, Lynn Cameron, en­dorsed the Ox­fam worker’s con­clu­sion: ‘Ni­cholas might be right, as we’ve also no­ticed a de­crease in do­na­tions. But ev­ery­one is in the same boat. We’re all fight­ing for do­na­tions as there are a lot more char­i­ties these days and ev­ery­one is turn­ing to the in­ter­net.’

One Oban-based char­ity, how­ever, has ex­pe­ri­enced the op­po­site ef­fect, claim­ing so­cial media has led to an in­crease in do­na­tions handed into the shop.

Can­cer Re­search man­ager, He­len McKen­zie, ex­plained: ‘We’ve had an in­crease in do­na­tions this year. I run a Face­book page where I let peo­ple know what we need. I also use it any­time we get some­thing in. It’s helped a lot.’

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