[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Dun Laoghaire Helping the Homeless (DLHH) group have thanked the public for their overwhelming support during their Christmas shoebox appeal.
The community-based soup run group work tirelessly to provide rough sleepers in the area with supplies like sleeping bags, tents, hot drinks and food.
Jessie Perry from Shankill was involved in setting up the group. She told Dublin Gazette more about what DLHH does.
“We have seven women who have been involved with setting up [the group].
“My mam Sandra, my older sister Emma, Maria, Genny, Betty, Tracey and myself.
“We’re all from around the Dun Laoghaire area and saw a huge rise in rough sleepers around over the last few years and felt something needed to be done as there isn’t a service like ours in the area.”
DLHH organised a Christmas shoebox appeal which was a huge success. Jessie wanted to thank the public for their overwhelming support.
“We got so many donations [for the appeal]. We’re now sending our shoe boxes out to our service users, Bentley House Hostel in Dun Laoghaire and a family hub in the area.
“The response from the community has been overwhelming. We have received huge amounts of donations from so many people. From tents, sleeping bags, food and clothes the people donating to us have been a Godsend.
“We really couldn’t have done any of this without the support we’ve gotten, and we really cannot say thank you enough.”
The generous group are hoping to keep growing in the new year and be able to help even more people.
If anyone would like to contact DLHH or get involved, you can visit ‘Dun Laoghaire Helping the Homeless’ on Facebook or @DunLaoghaireHH on Twitter.
Jessie also invited anyone who is interested in volunteering to this great cause to get in touch.
“We also have a volunteer group which you can join if you’re interested in volunteering with us. We post updates on there when we’re in need of volunteers!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]