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posted 27 Oct 2017, 08:59 by Fionnuala Timlin   [ updated 27 Oct 2017, 10:03 ]

With the number of homeless people (daoine gan dídean) in Dublin on the rise every month, Class 4.3 decided they wanted to do something tangible – however small – to help with this seemingly never-ending problem. 

During the week of the 23rd to the 27th of October, they asked all students and staff at MCS to bring in one item of food. The instant support and generosity of the school community was heart-warming and by the end of the first day alone, we had already filled three boxes!

In addition to the school collection, on Thursday the class spent the entire day at the Pavilions Shopping Centre and Swords Central. They set up collection trolleys outside Dunnes Stores, SuperValu and Penneys. As shoppers entered the shops, they asked them to buy one item of food or clothing. Again, the generosity of the public was immense, with some people buying full bags of groceries for us! One donor confided in the students that he himself was homeless. He insisted on making his donation however because he said he knew what it was like to be hungry. L

In fact, the response to the students appeal was so overwhelming that by 11am (less than two hours in) we had to ask Pat to come over in his van and transport some of the goods back to school! In the end, we collected over 40 boxes of food and clothes.

All donations have gone to the soup kitchen “Friends helping Friends.” This group provides meals to homeless people on Westmoreland Street every Tuesday and Saturday night. On an average night, they feed over 200 people. Here is a link to their Facebook page where you can read more about the amazing work they do. www.facebook.com/1510FHF/ I'm sure they would appreciate a "like" on their page!

Class 4.3 and their teachers, Ms. Timlin and Mr. Kavanagh, would like to thank all the students and staff who donated to this worthy cause. Also, many thanks to management and staff from the Pavilions Shopping Centre and Swords Central for allowing us to complete our collection there.   Is fearr beagán cúnaimh ná mórán trua. 

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27 Oct 2017, 09:38
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