Laois charity appeals for help washing sleeping bags after Electric Picnic

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

From Laois to Dublin - Helping the homeless with P.A.T.H. in Ireland's capital city

Laois charity Portlaoise Action to Homelessness (PATH) took advantage of the abandoned sleeping bags left behind after Electric Picnic at the weekend.

Volunteers collected 20 bin bags of sleeping bags from the Stradbally site.They have appealed to the public to help them wash and dry the sleeping bags so they can be donated to those sleeping rough.

PATH volunteers will have a stall outside Penney’s in Laois Shopping Centre, Portlaoise this Thursday and Friday evening, September 6 and 7 between 7-8pm.

Anyone can go along and pick up some of the dirty sleeping bags, bring them home, wash and dry them and drop them back to PATH clean and ready to give to homeless people in Dublin city on their weekly trips.

PATH shared the appeal on Facebook.

“We are looking for people to wash and dry sleeping bags for us. We have 20 bags like the one below full to the brim with sleeping bags.

“We will be at Tesco shopping centre on Thursday and Friday between 7 -8 pm on both evenings. We will park up beside the Penny's entrance. Please come along and take as many as you would like even just 1 or 2 will be a big help to us and maybe ask a friend too!!”

The PATH open evening is on tonight, Tuesday, September 4 at Portlaoise Leisure Centre from 8-9pm. All are welcome to attend to hear about the work PATH do and sign up to volunteer if interested. There will also be an opportunity to collect some of the dirty sleeping bags at the meeting tonight.

Separately to PATH, a Portlaoise man, Tom Duffy,  who volunteers with a Dublin charity called Feed Our Homeless managed to collect a mountain of sleeping bags too. He is now looking for help washing and drying them. Anyone who can collect the sleeping bags in Portlaoise, wash and dry them can contact Tom on 0876271309.