November 29, 2010

Giving a Christmas present to the teacher is a tradition in Ireland and throughout the world, but there are only so many packets of bath salts, bottles of perfume and boxes of chocolate that one educator can use.

This year in Ireland, children and parents are being given an alternative.

Parents can make an online donation to Crosscare, the social services arm of the Dublin Archdiocese.

They or their children can print a special "Thank You Teacher" certificate to express their appreciation.

Crosscare senior manager Michael McDonagh said: "It's estimated that families in Ireland could spend over a quarter of a million euros ($350,000) in gifts for teachers this Christmas — a lot of which end up in the bottom of the wardrobe or in the charity shop.

Now parents and kids can buy a special present for their teacher at Christmas — a helping hand to those most in need."