1,500 children will be homeless this Christmas: Here's one way you can help them
You may be reading this on your way home after a long day. Sadly not everyone has that comfort.
Over 1,500 children in Ireland are currently homeless with their families and this number is rising every month.
At any given time 5,000 people in Ireland are living in an emergency hostel, B&B or hotel accommodation, with a small number sleeping rough on the streets. Focus Ireland are Ireland's leading national charity working with families, children and young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Ireland is currently experiencing a national homeless crisis of unprecedented levels and Focus Ireland is at the front line of this crisis every day. They have over 70 lifeline services across Ireland providing support to those that need it.
These include outreach, warm meals, childcare services, prevention, advice and information and education services, along with safe and secure short and long-term housing. In 2014 alone, Focus Ireland supported over 11,500 people.
Help them continue the amazing work they're doing by supporting one of their excellent fundraising campaigns over the coming weeks.
On Friday, December 18 at 8pm the Focus Ireland Christmas Concert will take place featuring Eleanor McEvoy with a host of local talent, including Ashley Loftus from RTEs The Voice, The Trinity Gospel Choir, tenor Dermot Doyle and many more!
Tickets are €15 (includes festive interval refreshments), and are available at the Christ Church Cathedral shop between 12-3pm or on the night. If its not something you're interested in yourself, consider others in your family who might enjoy. It could be the Christmas present which would be appreciated by more than one person.
Focus Ireland also have a range of shops around the country, raising valuable money to help them continue providing services to those who are disadvantaged. They already have stores in Malahide, Dublin and Douglas, Cork and are set to open their latest shop on Main Street Naas on December 3.
Supporting these stores and their fundraising helps the most disadvantaged people in Ireland. More information is available here.