Monday 21 October 2019

St Patrick's pupils make 250 dignity packs for homeless men and women

Amelia Piskorowska and Aoife Wrafter
Amelia Piskorowska and Aoife Wrafter

St Patrick's National School in Bray continued a tradition of helping others, by creating a production line to create dignity packs.

The pupils set up a production line of operation at the school, to create as many of the dignity packs for homeless people as they possibly could.

The bags are small rucksacks containing a range of different items including toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, wet wipes, deodorant and more.

It was a past pupil of St Patrick's, Molly Comish, who came up with the idea in 2016 when she was just 17, and founded a vital innovation for people who are homeless.

The students packed a total of 250 dignity packs.

50 of those went to Bray Area Rough Sleepers Support in Bray and 200 packs were collected by the Peter McVerry Trust.

Last year, Molly moved to Nova Scotia in Canada and handed over the project to the very capable hands of Sunbeam House day service.

The operation she founded started out small, with just 30 packs planned.

To date more than 2,000 packs have been distributed to homeless men and women across Ireland and the UK. Some even made their way to India and Germany.

Bray People