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Toys, cosmetics and plenty of Roses among unwanted gifts

IT seems that chocolates are not the only unpopular Christmas gifts.

Bed linen, cosmetics and toys along with dozens of tins of Cadbury's Roses are just some of the stack of unwanted presents that have been donated to charity.

Since New Year's Eve, staff at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral have been collecting unwanted presents, after encouraging people not to exchange them but to 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, said they were delighted to be able to facilitate this appeal.

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