Thursday 30 March 2017

Donate unwanted Christmas presents to one of the country's busiest charities

Some of the unused and unwanted gifts which were donated to the Pro-Cathedral's unused and unwanted gifts campaign in association with Crosscare. All the gifts will be distributed by Crosscare. Pic Frank McGrath
Some of the unused and unwanted gifts which were donated to the Pro-Cathedral's unused and unwanted gifts campaign in association with Crosscare. All the gifts will be distributed by Crosscare. Pic Frank McGrath
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

One of Dublin's busiest charities is calling on people to donate their unwanted Christmas presents to an extremely good cause.

Staff at St Mary's Pro Cathedral in Dublin are urging people not to return their unwanted presents - but to donate them to Crosscare instead.

Crosscare will redistribute the gifts to young people living in care and the homeless.

Yesterday, hundreds of people living in homeless and emergency accommodation received gifts that were donated to Crosscare following last Christmas.

Fr Damien O'Reilly, an administrator in the Pro Cathedral, said they were delighted to be able to facilitate the appeal again this year.

"This simple scheme allows Crosscare to give a gift to someone in their services who would not normally receive one," 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.”

Fr O Reilly said Dublin parishioners had already been extraordinarily generous to Crosscare this month with tons of food collected for the Diocesan Food Appeal.

Unwanted presents can be brought to the crib in the Cathedral from today until January 6th

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