This lovely news story from the Meath Chronicle would gladden your heart.
As the homeless crisis continues to spiral, a play centre in Meath is opening up on Christmas day to offer dinner to families who are in emergency accommodation.
The paper reports:
[box] Lisa Donaghy and Anthony Briody from the Ark Playcentre at Pudden Hill in Garristown, Co. Meath are inviting homeless families to the centre for a full three course Christmas day dinner and few hours play on December 25th The meal is being kindly donated by other local businesses who readily rowed in behind the generous idea. Lisa was hoping to keep the kind act private but a shout out for transport left her ‘mortified’ when the couple’s goodwill gesture viral across social media “It was just an idea we had during the summer and many of our staff have jumped on board and offered to volunteer on the day as well as many of our family and friends. “We are a play centre and love to see kids smiling but we are normally closed on Christmas day. We are always hearing about kids and families who are in hotel rooms and on the streets. “Living in a hotel room is difficult on any day but trying to get a Christmas dinner for your children must be a nightmare in such a confined space.[/box]
The play centre shared that Tribe restaurant in Duleek provided turkeys and hams, while Meade potatoes gave all the veg, and Millbrook foods and Value centre in Navan donated desserts, minerals and treats.
Transport company Michael Murray & Sons in Duleek are making transport available for 100 people across Meath and Louth to attend the play centre on the day.
Do you know of anyone going above and beyond this Christmas? Let us know.