Wednesday 7 December 2016

Darth Vader among gifts to charity

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 29/12/2015 | 02:30

Brendan Gildea, from Swords, Co Dublin, donates his Darth Vader figure at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin, after an appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts. Photo: Justin Farrelly
Brendan Gildea, from Swords, Co Dublin, donates his Darth Vader figure at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin, after an appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts. Photo: Justin Farrelly

A church charity has been overwhelmed with the response to an appeal for unwanted Christmas gifts.

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Many surplus presents have been brought to Dublin's Pro-Cathedral to be redistributed to young people living in care and to the homeless.

"I think it's a fantastic idea at a time when there is so much waste," said Brendan Gildea (27), who travelled from Swords, Co Dublin, to donate a large model of 'Star Wars' character Darth Vader to the city-centre church.

"I felt slightly embarrassed walking into the church carrying Darth Vader when many others were carrying bags," said Mr Gildea, who hosted a 'Star Wars'-themed party on St Stephen's Day.

"It's great that items can be donated like this as there are so many things that are not appreciated and thrown out at this time of year," he said.

Run by the church charity Crosscare, the scheme enables people who would not normally receive a gift to get one, said Fr Damien O'Reilly, administrator of the Pro-Cathedral.

Unused gifts can be brought to the cathedral until January 6.

The charity has a staff of 400 and 1,000 volunteers.

Irish Independent

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