Appeal for your unwanted gifts to go to the homeless
St Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin has issued its annual appeal for unwanted gifts for the homeless.
Staff are asking people to consider bringing unwanted presents to the Pro-Cathedral where they will be collected for Crosscare.
Crosscare takes the gifts and redistributes them to people in its homeless services and family hub. On Christmas Day, hundreds of people without families or friends to spend Christmas with received gifts from Crosscare staff that were unwanted and donated this time last year.
Crosscare is the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin and its staff have been working round the clock over Christmas, supporting homeless people in their six residential services, which this year includes the hub for families in Drumcondra.
Its services range from emergency accommodation to short-term housing with support services to help people make the transition to finding and keeping their own home.
Unfortunately, demand for its services continued to increase throughout 2018.
Michael McDonagh from Crosscare thanked Fr Kieran McDermott and the staff of the Pro-Cathedral for the effort that goes into the unwanted gifts appeal at what is one of the busiest times of the year.
"This simple idea has grown over the years and it is such a pleasure for our staff to be able to bring that small bit of extra cheer to people," he said.
Mr McDonagh also thanked parishioners for their "extraordinary generosity" at the start of the month, when 60 tonnes of non-perishable food was collected.
Unwanted presents can be brought to the crib in the Pro-Cathedral until January 6.