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Saturday 25 November 2017

'Enormous' unwanted gifts haul for charity

Anne-Marie Walsh

THE number of unwanted Christmas gifts donated to a homeless charity has topped last year's haul.

Social care agency Crosscare filled five vans with goodies by its deadline for donations yesterday.

Staff at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin said they got a "huge response" to their appeal for unwanted gifts.

Since Christmas Day, people have been dropping donations at the crib there.

"There weren't many people in town on New Year's Day, but on Wednesday and Thursday there was an enormous response," said the Very Reverend Damian O'Reilly, administrator at the pro cathedral.

He said Crosscare used to get a lot of corporate hampers during the Celtic Tiger days. But that had changed.

"We've been getting socks, and loads of scarves and hats, maybe because it was a mild enough winter so far," he said.

"There was also ordinary household stuff, clothing and chocolates. There are an enormous amount of children giving away toys.

"People don't have money this year and they are really hurting due to the economic situation. We haven't had any Louis Vuitton, Armani or Hugo Boss but people are still very generous."

Fr O'Reilly said he had not noticed any colourful Christmas jumpers, but they had received a beautiful fake fur coat that would probably be given to an elderly person.

Irish Independent

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