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Donating unwanted gifts means the world to people in need, says Dublin Canon

Published 04/01/2014 | 12:31

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It's not too late to get some use out of an unwanted gift, as Dublin's Pro-Cathedral are still collecting unopened presents for those in need.

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Hundreds of people without families or friends to spend Christmas with received gifts and food from the appeal, which has been running for close to a decade.

Any surplus gifts not needed for people in need were sold during the year in Crosscare’s Blanchardstown service with money raised given back to homeless services for essential supplies.

The Pro-Cathedral's administrator, Fr Damien O Reilly said regifting unwanted presents, which can be done until January 6th, can mean a lot to people in need.

"Just to hand a gift and a bag with something in it [shows] the generosity and the delight. [People think] 'somebody is thinking of me'. I think that is what this project is all about," he said.

 “It is also a reminder to us all of how we can get needlessly caught up in wasteful commercialism at this time of year."

This year, the appeal has attracted many scarves, hats, gloves, slippers, chocolates, books and towels.

Fr O'Reilly also answered an age-old question, with Roses being the most popular Christmas chocolate, at least when it comes to donations.

He added that the nature of gifts have changed quite a bit since the Celtic Tiger, but the one thing that hasn't changed is the generosity of people.

Fr O'Reilly was appointed as a Canon during December.

JASON KENNEDY

Irish Independent

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