False teeth, a scorpion, and a slice of pizza are just some of the strangest gifts a charity chain store has received in 2021.
Barnardo’s children’s charity has revealed a list of the strangest items left by backers in its stores, of which it has around 620 across the UK, as part of its Christmas pledge.
Staff and volunteers received donations, including a scorpion kept in a formaldehyde jar in St Andrews, Scotland, which has since been donated to the local university, and a farmer’s lamb castration tool donated in the rural area of Kendal, Cumbria.
In Glasgow a handbag was offered with a set of false teeth inside, while staff at Catterick, North Yorkshire were delighted to receive a men’s coat until they found out a slice of pizza inside.
Santa’s reindeer may have already received a donation in Wolverhampton, West Midlands as it simply consisted of several pieces of carrots, while a shop in Worksop, Nottinghamshire received a bag of mousse.
Chocolate gift boxes are always welcomed, but a box of crabmeat with an expiration date of 2015 has not been well received in Pitlochry, Perthshire.
At a London store, a contributor donated a set of four portraits of historical figures in matching frames, depicting fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong, Vlad the Impaler, also known as of Dracula, and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Staff at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, were cheered with a message accompanying a pair of men’s athletic shorts that read: ‘Wear’ em your way, wear ’em with pride and fun, and keep it. preciously. Geoff. X. “
Employees at a store in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, got a nasty surprise after receiving a jar containing nine human molars and a bag of infant clothing containing a baby’s dried umbilical cord and belly clamp.
Other strange body-related donations included a pelvic floor exercise machine in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, a used pregnancy test kit in Glasgow, a packet of Viagra tablets in Rotherham, a “wiping tool. melts “in Gravesend, Kent, a urethral catheter and urine bottle in Lincoln, a hemorrhoid pad in Wolverhampton and even a used toilet brush in Colwyn Bay in Conwy, Wales.
This isn’t the first time Barnardo’s has received unusual deliveries, with previous highlights including a dead bird in Glasgow and a hamster cage in Warrington, Cheshire, with a dead hamster inside.
Barnardo’s shared the strange donations as part of an appeal to encourage people to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts to their local branch, where all proceeds will go to help vulnerable children and youth.
“Most of us have received Christmas presents that can be of good quality and cost quite a bit of money, but just don’t suit us,” said Roy Clark, Managing Director of Barnardo’s Trading Companies.
“So instead of putting them in the back of the drawer and forgetting about them, why not donate to your Barnardo’s store? “
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