Before you start looking for the gift receipts to exchange unwanted Christmas presents, why not donate them to the homeless instead? That's the plea from St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin, who are urging people not to return or store up unwanted Christmas gifts this week.
Pro-Cathedral urges Dubliners to donate unwanted Christmas gifts to charity
The Marlborough Place church has set up an on-site drop off point where you can donate gifts to Crosscare, the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin.
The charity will redistribute them throughout the year to people in their homeless services and family hub. Their staff have been working round the clock over Christmas supporting homeless people in their six residential services, which this year includes the hub for families in Drumcondra.
Their services range from emergency accommodation, short-term housing with support services to help people make the transition to finding and keeping their own home.
Unfortunately, 2018 saw a rise in demand for their services.
Over the Christmas period, Crosscare distributed hampers containing 24,000 meals to those who need it most.Unwanted presents can be brought to the crib in the Pro Cathedral until January 6th.