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Sunday 22 September 2019

Thousands join early morning queues for Christmas food parcels

Councillor Christy Burke with helpers Mick McEvoy, Liam Manning, Eileen Owens and Maria Bredin at the centre. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Councillor Christy Burke with helpers Mick McEvoy, Liam Manning, Eileen Owens and Maria Bredin at the centre. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Gavin White

Almost 3,000 people queued from early morning to receive food parcels from the Capuchin Day Centre for Christmas.

Alan Bailey, manager of the centre, said it was the busiest time of the year for the centre and it had "gone up three fold" since last year.

Angela Foy, Marie McCabe and Michael McCabe after they collected their food parcels. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Angela Foy, Marie McCabe and Michael McCabe after they collected their food parcels. Photo: Gerry Mooney

People queued from as early as 5am in the freezing cold to receive two bags containing perishable and non-perishable goods.

Centre workers had put together 3,000 bags with chicken, butter, bacon and sausages in the parcel. Tea, sugar, cereals, tinned beans, chocolates, tinned fish and custard were found in non-perishable bags.

"Everything has been going smoothly considering the amount of people this year and gardaí have been a great help in keeping it flowing," Mr Bailey said.

Independent Councillor Christy Burke was on hand to help give out parcels. "We're here to make sure nobody goes hungry this Christmas," he said.

A mother and daughter await their food. Photo: Gerry Mooney
A mother and daughter await their food. Photo: Gerry Mooney

"People have been amazing in helping us out from around the country. We've had people from Wexford to Galway giving us donations."

"I worked for (aid charity) Goal for 16 years raising over €400,000, so I've always had an interest in helping out at these initiatives," Paul Lynch, a charity worker who lives in Paris, said.

One woman receiving the parcels was Dubliner Angela Foy (62) from the south inner city.

"I lost my job this year so I've been having a bit of hard luck, so this is my first year getting the parcels, but they're really helpful," she said.

People queue for the parcels outside the Capuchin Centre. Photo: Gerry Mooney
People queue for the parcels outside the Capuchin Centre. Photo: Gerry Mooney

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