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Friday 22 August 2014

Sweet donation to spread festive cheer as unwanted gifts passed on

Laura Butler

Published 07/01/2014 | 02:30

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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

DOZENS of tins of Cadbury's Roses, bed linen, cosmetics and toys are just some of the stack of unwanted Christmas gifts that have been donated to charity.

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Thousands of euro worth of presents have been re-gifted by the people of Dublin in the past week.

Since New Year's Eve, staff at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral have been collecting unwanted presents, after encouraging people not to exchange them and instead give them to Crosscare, the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin.

The organisation's annual appeal began in 2006 and every year people have offered contributions for redistribution.

The charity will today begin handing out items to struggling families, young people living on the margins and the homeless.

Fr Damian O'Reilly, administrator in the Pro-Cathedral, told this newspaper they were delighted to be able to facilitate this incredible appeal, which every year resulted in those most in need receiving some cheer.

"This simple scheme allows Crosscare to give a gift to someone in their services who would not normally receive one," Fr O'Reilly said.

Surplus gifts will be sold in Crosscare's Blanchardstown service, with the money given back to the homeless services for essential supplies.

Irish Independent

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