Focus on Charity this Christmas πŸŽ…πŸ»β­οΈπŸ’ΆπŸŽ

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It is freezing today and due to get colder, can you even imagine having to sleep on the streets on a night like tonight or any night in fact!

It was reported recently that Homeless numbers in south Dublin rose 60% in nine months. This problem is not going away. 

I posted earlier this week about the box we put together for team hope and the other charities you could do a shoebox appeal for but there are several other charities that need your help too.

I love Christmas but for many it must be such a stressful and lonely time. If a few donations to different charities can give someone a hot meal, a safe bed for the night then with all that is spent this festive season this seems like something small we could do that could make a big difference if enough people took part. It is easy to think ‘my 4 euro or donation won’t make a difference’ but as I said if enough people do then it does!

The first charity that desperately needs help has just launched their Christmas appeal. Focus Ireland makes an urgent appeal for donations as record number of over 1100 families now homeless this year and 2500 children will be homeless this Christmas when Christmas should be a happy and magical time for them, this is not the reality. 

Focus Ireland supported over 12,500 people who were homeless or at risk. Focus Ireland stressed that every euro donated counts in the battle against homelessness as 89 cents of every euro received by the charity goes directly to services to support people who are homeless and those at risk. 

You can donate here: https://www.focusireland.ie/donate/ or  calling 1850 204 205

Some other charities in need of help that recently launched Christmas campaigns.

Firstly Meaghers Pharmacy are helping the fantastic Peter Mc Verry. You can help by texting the number below.

And another well known charity is linking up with Aldi Ireland and you can donate a gift at any Aldi store. 


 

Mother’s Day

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Today is Mother’s Day.. My third and another special day ahead with my boys and my own mum. I feel so lucky every day to be a mum, to have a wonderful mum and know so many fantastic mums too. 

Last night after a lovely family local dinner we had walked by a homeless man on the way in and again on the way out. My husband wanted to give him some money but with the cold night I also ran in and got him some hot tea and a sandwich. It’s not like I don’t see poverty on the streets a lot but for some reason this poor man struck a cord with me. How has he ended up on the cold streets of Dublin, alone, cold and most probably scared. Where is his mum, I thought and what has happened to him to get to this place? Did she maybe think he was coming to a better life or is she even still around..

I brought Josh home and like every night we put him in a warm bath and read him stories before bedtime. He gets cuddles and warm milk before bed and maybe at some point of his life this homeless man did too but now he sleeps on the hard, cold and unforgiving streets of Dublin, a long way from home. 

It’s sad but it’s reality and we explained to Josh what a lucky boy he was as that poor man was very cold and only had tea to keep him warm. Of course he didn’t quite understand but you we know better things most likely lie ahead for Josh and you can only hope in his future there is less poverty and more help for the people in the world who need it most.