Thousands Of Hampers Being Han...


Thousands Of Hampers Being Handed Out By Homeless Centre

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

09:16 20 Dec 2022

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A Dublin homeless centre is handing out thousands of Christmas hampers this morning as the service says its dealing with unprecedented levels of demand for help.

Volunteers say they were overwhelmed by the numbers that turned up last week for tickets for the Dunnes Stores gift vouchers, prompting Gardaí to step in and stop the tickets being given out for a time.

Officers have been helping with crowd control again this morning after people started showing up at 2.15am.

People had started queuing from 4am last week in order to secure tickets for one of the 3,000 hampers, worth nearly €150,000 in total.

Manager of the centre, Alan Bailey, told 98FM news last week that they've seen an upsurge in people coming to the service.

He says they usually serve around 500 dinners a day, which increased to over 660 last week.

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