A hand grenade, a stuffed bison and Christmas dinner for a dog - charity shops' weirdest donations

Data collected by the Charities Aid Foundation reveal that an RSPB reserve received hundreds of pairs of tights, and a Sue Ryder outlet was given a full-sized passport photo booth

Charity shops: some very strange donations
Charity shops: some very strange donations

A live hand grenade, a stuffed adult bison and a Christmas dinner in a jiffy bag are among the most unusual items donated to charity shops, data collected by the Charities Aid Foundation shows.

CAF said the grenade, which was donated to a shop in south-east London run by the deaf-blind charity Sense, led to the premises being evacuated while the device was made safe by the emergency services.

CAF asked charities that run shops, including Barnardo’s, Marie Curie, Mind and the Dogs Trust, to reveal the most unusual items donated to them.

The findings have been published today to promote Giving Tuesday, which takes place on 28 November and encourages people to do something good such as donating money to charity, volunteering in their communities or donating goods to charity shops.

Giving Tuesday originated in the US as an antidote to the materialism of the Black Friday sales that follow Thanksgiving.

Marie Curie reported that it had received a funeral urn containing ashes, and an RSPB reserve was given hundreds of pairs of tights – the warden had asked for 30 pairs to stop a particular weed invading ponds at the reserve, but was inundated after a local newspaper covered the story.

The Dogs Trust said it had received a Christmas dinner in a jiffy bag because the person who gave it did not want their sponsored dog to miss out on a festive feast.

The care charity Sue Ryder said it had been given a full-sized passport photo booth.

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