The group from Clonaghadoo with items donated at their first monthly collection
Support continues to grow in Laois for PATH, a group of volunteers who travel to Dublin weekly to feed and support homeless people on the streets.
A new support group has begun in Clonaghadoo village, part of Mountmellick's parish, to aid the good work of PATH – Portlaoise Action to Homelessness.
Clonaghadoo PATH support group has begun holding monthly Mass time collections of food and supplies for PATH to deliver to the homeless on Dublin streets. The Laois group drive up with hot food and supplies every Saturday night.
Group member Annette said they formed after a successful local collection for PATH held last Christmas.
“We wanted to do more and we knew the parish would be delighted to help. We can all help this group. It's great what they are doing, travelling up and giving up their Saturday nights,” she said.
The collections at 9am mass in Clonaghadoo, with the blessing of Parish Priest Fr Micheál Murphy, will be on the second Sunday of every month. The first took place last Sunday.
Baskets were filled at the back of the church with items that PATH had told the group were urgently needed. This included men’s shower gels, roll-on deodorant, shampoo, sun-cream, underwear and bottled water.
“We will have an updated list for July and will have it in fliers and on the parish newsletter. Anyone who wishes to donate is welcome,” said Annette.
Irene Redmond is the chairperson of PATH.
“We are extremely grateful for the support from everybody in Laois. This help means that people who might not be able to go to Dublin can still contribute,” she said.
The charity has posted a warm thank you to the organisers and contributors, on their Facebook page.
"A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of meeting some of the parishioners along with Fr Murphy. We spoke about the work we do and they wanted to help. A fantastic group was formed with Annette Dalton and her friends leading the way. We got a phone call asking us to collect the items gathered in the first collection.
"We were thrilled and humbled by the support from the ladies and parishioners. Your collection will go a long way to helping make a difference in the lives of the homeless people we help every week. Thank you to each and every one of you who contributed, small acts of kindness make a big difference. Thank you to Annette and the ladies, to Fr Murphy and to all the parishioners who supported the group," PATH said.
The next collection is on July 14.