Community activist Eugene Garvey is calling for people in Dundalk to help the homeless this year by providing a shoebox of essentials.
Mr Garvey, who has worked with a number of homeless support groups in the past, was contacted by friends who work in a local Company who are organising the Shoebox Appeal.
“I have arranged two drop-off points in Dundalk and am calling on businesses, schools, colleges, communities and individuals to get involved and support the 10,338 homeless people in our State (of which 3,848 are children).
“Does your office do a Kris Kindle? How about donating a shoebox for the same price and really bring a smile to someone’s face over the festive season? Buy an extra gift this year and donate it, it will make a big difference to someone.”
“Dundalk Simon Community and Newry Help the Homeless both operate stalls for the homeless in Dublin on a weekly basis and are happy to accept and distribute the shoeboxes. The Soup Kitchen in Bridge Street has offered to do the same here in Dundalk.”
What to do?
Get a shoebox, mark it male or female and fill it with items such as:
Scarves, Gloves, Underwear, Socks, Chocolate/Sweets, Roll on Deodorants, Tooth Brush/Paste, Soap, Gift Vouchers or a Christmas Card.
Please leave shoeboxes unwrapped.
If you would like to do a Shoebox for a child please mark it Boy/Girl and specify the age group it is for with items such as a soft toy, Cars, Colouring books etc.
Shoeboxes will be accepted up until Tuesday 10th December, they can be delivered to Muirhevnamor Community Centre/ Redeemer Community Centre during normal office hours.