Youghal resident, Orla Power with help from Janet Howley, are trying to organise drop boxes at various places in Youghal and East Cork as part of the Homeless Help and Support Cork Christmas Appeal. They hope to fill the drop boxes with some basic items which can be given out amongst the homeless in Cork city. Items that come top of list for inclusion are: socks, gloves, hats, scarves and toiletries. These simple things can make a huge difference to those unfortunate enough to find themselves sleeping rough on these bitterly cold nights, especially as they are followed at this time of year by bitterly cold days.
Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Orla said, “We’ve had a good response in Youghal so far. Tesco have been great to help out in previous years and have stepped up to the mark again this year with offers of socks, hats and scarves. Clockgate Pharmacy and Murphy’s Pharmacy will be donating some toiletries and the staff at Lidl, with the help of the lovely Caroline Prendergast who does great work there, has offered to get involved with collecting any useful items for us. In Midleton, the Midleton Fitness Gym has donated reusable boot bags which is a great way to deliver the items to people on the streets. The community spirit so far has been magnificent and hopefully the word will get out there that this appeal is going on. At the moment, we will have collection points in Jackie Niland Hair Salon and Read n’ Write Gift Gallery on the Main Street in Youghal. We are in need of more drop off sites between Youghal and Cork City and would be delighted if any person or business would like to offer their services in that way or can make donations of especially socks. If so, please contact me through Facebook (my profile picture, during the Appeal, is a sock puppet) or I will be leaving my contact details with proprietors at drop off sites. It doesn’t cost much to be kind this Christmas - a pack of socks can be purchased for the price of a cup of coffee, but will make such a difference to those in direst need.”
Since speaking with Orla, the Army Surplus Store in Midleton has signed on to donate towards the Appeal and to act as a drop off point for donated items.
Homeless Help and Support Cork is a non-profit voluntary organisation set up to provide emotional support and counselling to those at risk of homelessness, as well as providing direct support to individuals sleeping rough. Every Tuesday and every second Friday at 9pm the team set up a base on Patrick St offering hot food, snacks, tea, coffee, blankets, sleeping bags and any other donated items to the homeless of the city.