HERE is just one example of the kind of heart rending letters received each week by the St Vincent de Paul Society in Mallow (edited). Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing to you for help in paying my electricity bill and also I would like fuel for the winter.
I live in a rented house that has no central heating, only an open fire. I have a family to support and some days I have to go hungry to feed my children.
I never got the back to school allowance and the school books were all changed this year.
The books cost €150 and clothes cost €150 also.
Please help me, I have never asked for help before.