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The Luas Christmas Shoebox Appeal Is Becoming A Week-Long Event


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The annual campaign to fill a Luas with Christmas presents for the homeless is becoming a week long event.

Each December, thousands of Dubliners drop off shoe-boxes with things like clothes and toiletries inside them.

This is the fourth year that the event has been held, in partnership with Inner City Helping Homeless.

On Thursday December 6th, an empty Luas will be parked up at Connolly for people to drop off donations.

They can leave their shoe-boxes at the tram between 7am and 7pm, or make donations at the Luas depots in Red Cow and Broombridge all that week from 9am to 5pm.

Ciara Egan from Transdev said it's proved so popular they want to give people more time to donate.

"We're asking people to fill shoe-boxes with practical things like socks, underwear, hats, scarfs and chocolates".

People who want to donate have been asked not to include any aerosol cans. 

Brian McLoughlin from Inner City Helping Homeless described the response to the campaign as "incredible".

"Our previous record is 20,000 shoe-boxes donated on the day so we will be going all out to beat this figure", he said.

"With nearly 4,000 children facing Christmas in emergency accommodation we will also have a Santa’s grotto for the children to enjoy".


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