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a christmas giftDid you get two fitness watches yesterday, three pairs of socks, four sets of perfumes and no gold rings? Or simply more than you need?

From today, staff at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin will take in your unwanted Chrismtas gifts and will pass them to Crosscare who will redistribute them this time next year to people living in their homeless services.  This Christmas  hundreds of people living in Crosscare’s homeless and emergency accommodation received gifts that were donated to the Pro after Christmas Day 2016.

Crosscare homeless services range from emergency accommodation to short-term housing to medium and long term support services. Earlier this year, Crosscare opened a new family hub facility in Drumondra. The building was made available by the Archdiocese of Dublin to Dublin City Council to help alleviate the problem of families living in hotel accommodation.

Pro Cathedral and Crosscare staff will spend all this week collecting any unwanted gifts left at the Pro  – they will put them in storage for the next 12 months and give them out to people who are in their homeless services this time next year

People have been particularly generous to Crosscare this Christmas – a Parish Food Appeal launched by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the start of December saw thousands of food items donated in just one weekend. Crosscare manager Michael Mc Donagh said that by the end of last week they had distributed 10,000 food hampers to  families in need of help.

Unwanted Christmas presents can be brought to the crib in the Cathedral from today (St. Stephens Day)  until the end of the week.