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Give back this Christmas - here's how you can help

There are loads of charity appeals at this time of year

We’re well into the Christmas rush at this stage, with only (don’t panic) 18 shopping days left until the big day.

But, in the midst of all the madness, many people like to take the time to give back to those less fortunate. If this is something you’d like to do - and you don’t know where to start - here are some of the Christmas appeals going on in Ireland at the moment…

Focus Ireland’s Christmas Appeal

Focus Ireland launched its Christmas appeal last month, with the aim of raising money to support Focus Ireland’s work challenging homelessness and changing lives. Over 3000 children are homeless nationwide, so every euro helps.

There are loads of things you can do to help - you can simply make a donation, or you could do something like organising a Christmas jumper day in your workplace. Focus Ireland are also always looking for volunteers, if you’d like to help on an ongoing basis. Find out more on the Focus Ireland website.

SVP Annual Appeal

It’s easy to forget that Christmas isn’t a happy time for everyone. This Christmas, over 140,000 people in communities across the country will ask SVP for help with food, fuel and basic clothing. You can help the SVP in a number of ways:

  • buy a gift for a child via the Giving Tree;
  • drop off items on their Food Appeal shopping list to your regional SVP office; or
  • donate a virtual gift - such as a Christmas tree.

Find out more at

Barnardos ‘Make a Child’s Christmas’ campaign

The Barnardos Christmas campaign aims to give the vulnerable children it works with a better Christmas. You can donate online or opt to give someone a ‘Gift for Good’ as an alternative to the usual Christmas presents.

There are over 3,000 children living in emergency accommodation in Ireland at the moment and the ‘Gifts for Good’ allow you to help these children by gifting the likes of PJs, bed socks, slippers, food vouchers, books, or a duvet.

For each Gift for Good you buy, you’ll be sent an individual card with envelope to pass on to a loved one in lieu of presents this Christmas.

Give a ‘Gift for Good’

Temple Street’s Toy Appeal

This appeal aims to ensure that every child staying in Temple Street on Christmas Eve wakes up to a gift on Christmas morning.

There’s a list of the toys that are on patients’ wish lists on the Temple Street website. All you need to do is purchase a toy from the lists and drop it into the Temple Street foundation - you can contact them on

The ALONE ‘Do One Thing’ campaign

ALONE is encouraging people interested in donating to send a Christmas card to an ALONE member. You can do this via the ALONE website - it costs €5 per card, and €3.20 of this goes directly to ALONE. Businesses can also get involved by buying a pack of 100 or 500 cards.

Get involved locally

If you’d like to get more involved at a local level, check out Christmas events being held around where you live. Often things like Christmas carol concerts, fun runs, bake sales, or markets have a charitable element, so they’re definitely worth investigating.