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This charity wants your unwanted gifts - even that awful scarf you got

Crosscare will redistribute them to young people in care and the homeless.

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BEFORE YOU START looking for gift receipts to bring back that ugly scarf someone gave you or hide away that terrible-smelling bath set from a work colleague until you re-gift it, remember there would be people who would be delighted to get your unwanted presents.

You can put them to good use by donating them to Crosscare who will redistribute them next year to young people in care and the homeless. Yesterday, hundreds of people living in homeless and emergency accommodation received gifts that were donated to the Pro following Christmas 2014.

Father Damien O’Reilly who is the administrator in the Pro Catherdral said the simple scheme allows the charity to give a gift to someone in their services who would not normally receive one.

It is also a reminder to us all of how we can get needlessly caught up in wasteful commercialism at this time of year.

He said Dublin parishioners had already been “extraordinarily generous” to Crosscare this month with tons of food collected for the Diocesan food appeal.

“The unwanted gifts appeal will make sure that as well as the essentials, people who are struggling with life, will get a small token of cheer each Christmas.”

Any unwanted presents can be brought to the crib in the Pro-Cathedral until 6 January.

Open thread: What’s the best and worst present you got this year?>

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