Dublin Bus team up with Depaul to help get families home this Christmas

by Rachel Darcy

Dublin Bus have teamed up with a leading homeless charity to encourage the public to help ‘get families home’ this Christmas.

The campaign, with Depaul, aims to raise awareness of family homelessness and will feature on 75 buses during the Christmas period.

The charity has revealed it has supported almost 300 children and 422 families through a number of different services during the Covid-19 pandemic. These include children and families residing in direct provision, living in hotels and through the charities accommodation and community based services.

The charity also revealed they have supported 127 families to move away from homelessness during this period.

Depaul CEO David Carroll said: “We are really grateful to Dublin Bus for supporting our vital work. Christmas time is a time we all associate with home and being with family. Unfortunately for many families that will not be a reality this year.

“We are asking the public to help support our vital work with families this Christmas. Depaul has supported a huge number of families to move away from homelessness this year but we can do more.”

Speaking on the collaboration, Dublin Bus CEO Ray Coyne commented: “We are proud to partner with Depaul and raise awareness of family homelessness at Christmas. 

“This Christmas, we wanted to help support a dedicated organisation which is helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society who have been made more vulnerable by this pandemic.”

The most recent homeless figures showed that there were 1,117 families and 2,642 children homeless in Ireland.

Text DEPAUL to 50300 to donate €4. To find out more about Depaul you can visit ie.depaulcharity.org.

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