Diocese appeals for unwanted presents
THE Dublin Archdiocese is hopeful that the tide of generosity which led to the donation of 70 tons of food in its Christmas appeal will continue as it urges people to donate unwanted gifts.
Fr Damien Reilly, administrator of Dublin's Pro Cathedral, said the unprecedented response to the archdiocese's Christmas food appeal showed the level of generosity that was out there, despite the recession.
And he is hopeful that people will continue to think of those less well-off this Christmas, and not exchange unwanted gifts, but drop them off at the cathedral where they will be distributed to people in need through the Crosscare charity.
"It makes such a difference to give to people who didn't get a gift," he told the Irish Independent.
"It gives them such a lift that someone has thought about them," he said.
Donations of unwanted gifts from last year's appeal were distributed to hundreds of people who are without family or friends on Christmas Day, and Crosscare will continue to distribute gifts to people in need until the appeal ends on January 6.