THE number of unwanted Christmas gifts donated to a major homeless charity is set to top last year's haul.
of presents, including festive hampers, toys, hats, gloves and candles,
flooded into the Pro Cathedral in Dublin yesterday as part of an appeal
The Dublin diocesan agency has begun distributing the gifts to people in homeless and residential projects.
The Very Reverend Damian O'Reilly was among the staff taking in the unwanted gifts.
is still early days, but we've filled two vanloads already and I would
expect to top what we got last year by the end of the appeal," he said
last night. "For some reason, we had loads of boxes of Cadbury's
Roses last year but not as many this year. Maybe they're not as cheap as
Fr O'Reilly said it is most likely that many of the
presents would otherwise have languished in the bottom of wardrobes for
the next 12 months.
He said the appeal was a way for families who
were hard pressed by the current economic crisis to support those most
in need without having to spend.
Staff at "the Pro" were always taken aback by people's generosity, he said.
Unwanted gifts can be left at the Pro Cathedral until January 6.