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Christmas charity appeals: how you can help someone less fortunate

Charities are hoping you'll help them help others this Christmas 

AS the festive season approaches, charities and organisations have launched their family Christmas appeals.


The cross-border homeless charity, which manages over 20 accommodation and community-based services across Ireland, is calling for the public to support homeless families this Christmas.

The Depaul Family Christmas Appeal asks the public to help it provide food and temporary accommodation as well as skills, tools and supports to move away from homelessness and on to a brighter future.

To support Depaul’s Family Christmas Appeal, please visit:



Make a child's Christmas with the Barnardos Toy Appeal.

The charity needs gifts for children of all ages, from babies through to teenagers and is appealing to the public to provide new and unwrapped toys and presents for all these age groups.

There's a gift guide on its website to help shoppers choose age-appropriate toys and gifts.

You can drop your gift off at any of 180 GLS ParcelShops across Ireland by December 16 and it will be delivered to Barnardos in time for Christmas.


The Salvation Army and Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP)

The two charities have teamed up once more for their joint Family Appeal, which brings festive cheer to thousands of underprivileged children and families every year.

Gift donations for children aged from newborn to 16 years are being sought, with all presents to be new and unwrapped. The appeal would especially welcome donations for older boys and girls such as gift vouchers, board games, selection boxes, and toiletries.

Gifts can been left at any branch of The Salvation Army or SVP and also in any Tesco, Gordons Chemist and First Trust Bank.

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Simon Community NI

The homless charity is asking that you fill a shoebox with toiletries and food including soap, toothbrushes,shampoo, pasta, tea and coffee.


IKEA Foundation

The retailer has launched the campaign Let's Play for Change to give children around the world the basic right to play.

For every children's book and toy sold between now and December 24, the IKEA Foundation will make a donation of €1 to projects in some of the poorest communitiess in the world, supporting children's development and learning, equal participation, sports and play.

This year, the IKEA Foundation has partnered with Handicap International, Room to Read, Save the Children, Special Olympics, UNICEF and War Child who work to create safe spaces for vulnerable children to play.

Locally, IKEA Belfast will donate toys to The Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Shoppers will have the opportunity to pick up an extra toy or book at checkouts, which they can place in the donation bank for the hospital, whilst donating again to the charity partners.

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Ulster Rugby and Include Youth

Ulster Rugby fans have teamed up with charity, Include Youth, which supports 500 young people from disadvantaged communities throughout Northern Ireland move into training or employment each year.

Their Christmas Present Appeal encourages people to pass a present to young people in care this winter so that those who live away from their families still have gifts under the tree this Christmas.

In particular, Include Youth wants to make sure the young people they work with, who often live in children’s homes, supported accommodation or residential care, receive a special gift this Christmas

Presents should be donated already wrapped with a small tag indicating male or female and an age group and can be left at the reception of the main administration building opposite the Memorial Stand.

Ulster Rugby is urging fans to pass a present to young people in care this Christmas. Picture by John Dickson


Foyle Hospice

Friends of the hospice have recorded a four-track CD. Among the artists performing on Put A Little Love In Your Heart are Bronagh Gallagher, Diane Greer, Rebecca Harkin, Laura Keogh, Conor McGinty, Paddy Nash, Jordan O’Keefe and Eilidh Patterson.



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