CHARITY

Donations sought for free winter coat service in Dundalk 

Tia Clarke

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Tia Clarke

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tia.clarke@dundalkdemocrat.ie

Dundalk lads looking for donations for free winter coat service

A group of Dundalk friends have started a new initiative to help keep the homeless and anyone else in need warm this winter. 

The local lads will be installing a custom-made coat rail at the new soup kitchens on Bridge Street, Dundalk where people can avail of free winter coats and are currently looking for donations. 

Dundalk man Niall McEvoy explained in a Facebook post: "I am happy to announce that Coby, Eamon agus mise have partnered with the new, daytime, Soup kitchen on Bridge Street! We will be installing a custom made and donated coat rail by Bishops Garage and Custom Exhaust Centre Newry road. The idea is take a coat, leave a coat.

"The kitchen is open to any and all people and cultures and offers a discreet service and free delivery. Everything is free to those in need. Including all coats and accessories available from our rail. We are now accepting donations of all warm coats in good condition, all sizes, kids male-female.

"If you have clean gloves and scarfs to throw in even better! This a great for Dundalk! Please offer your time to the kitchen if you get a moment. The kitchen will hopefully be open this week!#dundalkforthepeoplebythepeople"   

Niall added: "For now, please leave donations with myself or arrange to meet etc as the kitchen is not open yet and the stock of coats will be our responsibility, they have enough on their plate. Thank you for your kindness."  

"We are just a bunch of mates who want to do what we can, the soup kitchen is its own entity run by a lovely man (possibly more people) and we have only this coat rail to take care of. I'm sure they will need a hand as they get into the swing of things, so keep an eye on Facebook, or the papers, radio etc."