Hello everyone,

As you know, I recently moved to Dublin to pursue subbing work.  I really like it here, but one thing which bothers me is the amount of disadvantaged children I have encountered. I suppose I was very sheltered at home. I knew there were disadvantaged children out there, but because I never witnessed it, it never bothered me. Now, living in the inner city, I see far too much of it. I see it on the LUAS, I see it in school, I see in out on the street, and it is shocking, absolutely shocking and appalling. I see children getting the city bus to school by themselves at the age of seven years old. I see children walking to school unsupervised, in the pouring rain, without a coat, and I have seen worse.

I have applied to work as a child service worker, but these things take time, so in the interim, I came across Barnados. 

Barnados is a children’s charity, supporting children in designated disadvantaged areas.  According to Barnados, one in every ten children are going to bed cold, and waking up hungry, suffering extreme poverty.

1 in 10 children in Ireland are living in consistent poverty. This means that this Christmas a little boy or girl in your community is going to bed cold, or waking up hungry. – See more at: http://www.barnardos.ie/pages/christmas-pledge/index.html#ben-video
1 in 10 children in Ireland are living in consistent poverty. This means that this Christmas a little boy or girl in your community is going to bed cold, or waking up hungry. – See more at: http://www.barnardos.ie/pages/christmas-pledge/index.html#ben-video

So, I began to research how I could in some little way help these children, and I came across this lovely idea:

http://www.barnardos.ie/pages/christmas-pledge/index.html#ben-video

You simply make a pledge to buy an extra Christmas present, and donate it to Barnados so that Santa will be able to visit as many children as possible this Christmas.

Argos and Smyths have loads of offers on at the moment, so if you can afford it, why not spend ten euro on a little present for someone? No child should be without a present at Christmas.

If everyone who likes my facebook page bought a present for a child, over 3000 disadvantaged children would have a Santa present this year. 

Also, I will donate 10% of every thematic unit I sell between now and Christmas to Barnados.

Let’s all try and help and make a child’s Christmas this year.

Valerie

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