We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Jenn Huls via Shutterstock
unwanted gifts

Unwanted Christmas Gifts sought at Dublin's Pro Cathedral

Unwanted gifts will taken into storage by Crosscare, who will distribute them as gifts to people in their homeless and residential projects for Christmas 2013.

FAMILIES IN DUBLIN are  today being asked to give any unwanted presents received over Christmas to those in need.

Staff at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral has made space at the crib available to take in any unwanted gifts, such as clothing, hats, scarves, toiletries or DVDs.

The unwanted gifts will taken into storage by Crosscare – the social care agency of the Dublin Diocese – who will distribute them as gifts to people in their homeless and residential projects for Christmas 2013.

Last year, Crosscare was able to store hundreds of gifts for this Christmas and had as many left over to distribute in their Blanchardstown shop, raising funds which were used throughout the 2012.

Fr Damian O Reilly, administrator at the Pro Cathedral, said despite efforts not to waste money in these difficult times, it is most likely that “hundreds of presents will languish unwanted in the bottom of wardrobes for the next 12 months”. He asked that families consider what they really want or need, and pass on any unwanted presents to charity.

O Reilly said staff at the Cathedral were consistently taken aback by the generosity of people: “What started off as a simple appeal five years ago has grown into a really significant effort,” he said.

He said he was very conscious of the constraints on all families in the present climate, but suggested that donations were a way to support those most in need in a relatively inexpensive manner.

People can leave their unwanted gifts at the crib in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral from now until 6th January. Opening hours for the Cathedral are available on

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.