CLOTHES, toys, and donations were handed out in Taunton town centre last week to address the cost-of-living crisis and promote “acts of kindness”.

‘Today is a Gift’ was the theme of a pop-up stall that appeared on Taunton High Street last weekend set-up by Extinction Rebellion.

The group, which also raised £200 for charities in the area, gave away clothes and toys that had been received from donors across Taunton.

Somerset County Gazette: The stall in Taunton town centreThe stall in Taunton town centre (Image: Contributed)

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Passers-by were able to snap up free gifts and for those who wished to contribute, nearly £200 was raised for several charities.

A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said: “The central idea was that acts of kindness and sharing remind us that there are other ways of relating to each other to create a resilient and empathetic community in a world that too often appears to isolate and divide us.

“Alongside this message, the event aimed to address the cost-of-living crisis and to also draw attention to the harmful effects on nature and the climate from clothes ending up in landfills: 360, 000 tonnes of used wearable clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year.

“The public response was very positive and in the end, local charities were glad to receive any surplus clothes.

“Thanks are due to Taunton Town Council, the local organisations and businesses and the many friends who supported this event.”