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Public warms to charity seeking the coat off their back

A NEW charity that collects unwanted coats and jackets from people and distributes them to directly to the homeless has said it has seen a massive increase in offers of clothing and help since the tragic death of Jonathan Corrie on a Dublin city doorstep last week.

The Jacket Off Your Back campaign is only three weeks old but has already seen a massive interest from people who see it as a way of doing something very positive very quickly with no money being swallowed up by administration or distribution.

Founder Kevin Kelly explained how a chance situation at work sparked the idea for the charity in his head.

"I work in the fire and flood restoration business and three weeks ago was asked to throw out three coats from a premises," said Kevin.

"But they were in too good a condition so I asked if I could have them with the idea that I would drop them into a homeless chairity," he added.

"And then I had the idea of collecting more and it snowballed from there," Kevin explained.

The group has a website - jacketoffyourback.com, and a facebook page, where people can get more information about how to donate or help.