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Unwanted Christmas gifts donated to church appeal

GENEROUS Dubliners have so far filled nearly four vans with unwanted Christmas gifts to be donated to the needy.

THE presents are being dropped into St Mary's Pro Cathedral and are being collected by Crosscare, the social care agency of the Dublin Diocese, who will distribute them.

The Very Rev Damian O'Reilly, administrator at the Pro Cathedral, said: "We have received a huge amount of stuff.

"They are very practical items that will be very appreciated."

He said that unwanted clothing including shirts and ties, as well as hats, gloves and scarves have all been left by kind-hearted people.

"A lot of cosmetic stuff has come in and got some lovely cuddly toys which were brand new," he told the Herald.

They also received bed linen, pillows, blankets, biscuits and chocolates as a result of their unwanted gifts appeal.

He added that it is a good use of an unwanted gift, rather than just putting it at the back of a wardrobe.

He said the last day to bring gifts is Sunday, January 6.

Fr O'Reilly said: "What started off as a simple appeal five years ago has grown into a really significant effort."

Meanwhile, while some people donate their unwanted gifts, others are looking at how they can make money from them.

A nationwide survey, commissioned by DoneDeal.ie, has found that 24pc of adults have sold unwanted gifts online.

According to the poll of over 1,000 adults, younger people are more likely than older people to sell gifts online -- 30pc of 18 to 24-year-olds, 34pc of 25 to 34-year-olds, 29pc of 35 to 44 -year-olds compared to 24pc of 45 to 54-year-olds and only eight per cent of those aged 55 plus.

More than a quarter of Leinster people have sold unwanted gifts online (26pc) compared to 25pc in Munster, 22pc in Connaught and 22pc in Ulster.

Some 41pc of adults said they would sell presents online in the future.