28 Nov 2021

Laois sets out to help children who don't have a home this Christmas

Don't Let a Child Miss Out homeless project in Laois launched in Portlaoise

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Pictured are Tom Duffy with volunteer for the Christmas toy appeal Carmel Henderson Photo: Stan Henderson

People in Laois are being asked to buy an extra toy or selection box this year for a homeless child in emergency accommodation to help make Christmas special for them.

The Don’t Let a Child Miss Out is taking place in many counties and is being run in Laois by Leinster Express Laois Person of the Month for September Tom Duffy.

Schools, businesses and community groups are invited to collect toys and selection boxes on behalf of voluntary group Feed Our Homeless in every town and village in the county. Posters and flyers will be provided for schools and shopping outlets along with small businesses.

Over 3,000 children are living in emergency accommodation throughout the country and the group wishes to make the festive season joyous for each and every one of them.

The idea is simple. Purchase a toy, gift wrap it and label it either boy or girl and write the age that it is suitable for.

A collection day will take place in the Laois Shopping Centre on Saturday 2 December from 9am until 6pm. The group would appreciate any other dates around the county from kind hearted shopkeepers or shopping centre management.

The closing date for donations is Friday 15 December. Any excess gifts will be distributed to homeless children in other counties.

For more information or to get involved phone Tom Duffy on 087 627 1309.

Feed Our Homeless can be found on Facebook.

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