But look a little deeper and you see another story - the story of the homeless children - living out of suitcases in one room temporary accomodation. No home, no stability, no hope. Living with constant worry , embarrassment and shame. Why me?
This week Focus Ireland launched their Christmas appeal with a hard-hitting campaign that highlights a record number of over 2,400 children and nearly 1200 families are homeless nationwide.
The new campaign makes an urgent appeal to people to donate to support Focus Ireland’s work challenging homelessness.
"Homelessness. We can’t live like this anymore.”
|Sinead Compton co-director of fundraising Focus Ireland with her two children Arron and Meabh with Sr Stan as they launch the charity's urgent Christmas appeal.|
She added: “I know from meeting families who are homeless that we support it’s the children who feel it the worst. Many times a family who are homeless are often squeezed into one hotel room – 3 or 4 people in one room, nowhere to cook or for children to play
But Focus can help.
Sr. Stan highlighted the vital role Focus Ireland’s lifeline services play in supporting people as Focus Ireland reported that its family team services have supported 230 families and just under 450 children in Dublin to secure a home and escape from the trauma of homelessness in the first 10 months of this year.
One mother Gillian who was homeless but has now secured a home with support of Focus Ireland said:"When you have a home you don't realise how lucky you are.... my daughter was only two weeks old when we became homeless, I don't think I'd even be here now if it wasn't for Focus Ireland, I wake up every day now and think 'I have a home,"
Maybe it's time to start counting our blessings and helping those a lot less fortunate.
You can donate whatever you can afford at Focus Ireland or by calling 1850 204 205.
Note: Focus also campaign tirelessly for increased funding and changes in government policy. Like the Focus Ireland Facebook page to get involved.
This post is part of a Blog March by members of the Irish Parenting Bloggers network, to raise awareness of homelessness and Focus Ireland’s campaign. You can read more posts on the subject below or by following the hashtag #FocusOnChristmas on social media. Thank you.