Armley charity appeals for old Christmas cards as it bids to create 3,000 gift tags

Volunteer Rebeka Kovacs pictured with some of the seasonal greetings cards already donated to the recycling project.

An Armley-based charity is recycling used Christmas cards.

Leeds City Mission in Mistress Lane is appealing for people to save their old, used greetings cards and put them to good use.

They hope to collect hundreds of now-redundant cards after the Christmas season and reuse them. Enthusiastic volunteers plan to take up their scissors and cut and craft individual present gift tags from donated cards for use next year. 

In a pilot project last year they were able to create over 2,000 gift tags from discarded cards, which were then distributed free of charge. 

Their successful efforts have inspired them to repeat the project this year on a larger scale.  The more cards they receive, the more they hope to produce for next Christmas.  Their plan is to create over 3,000 new gift tags to give away.

Leeds City Mission Coordinator Andy Dalton said: “This is a simple idea and great opportunity to make something useful out of what would otherwise by waste and thrown away. Please let us have your cards the next time you are shopping in Armley Town Street.” 

Greetings Cards can be dropped off at the Mission Room – the base of Leeds City Mission.  This is the last public building at the end of Town Street and is diagonally opposite Armley Library.  Volunteers at the Mission Room will gladly receive donations of no- -longer-needed cards anytime between 10.30 am – 2.30 pm Mondays to Thursdays.

Leeds City Mission is a Christian agency which has worked with marginalised people over three centuries since 1837 and seeks to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of Leeds residents.

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